The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it. – George Carlin
I don’t know if you remember George Carlin’s bit about stuff. His stand-up routine was about people and their relationship with their stuff. He jokes about storing stuff, packing stuff and buying bigger houses to keep all of the stuff. It is quite funny and really rings true. It is considered normal to spend a lot of our money on stuff. It is also normal to spend time shopping for stuff, organizing stuff and repairing our stuff. Then people have yard sales so they can sell their stuff, and people go to garage sales so they can buy other peoples stuff. There are businesses like self storages to store your extra stuff and stores that only sell stuff that you can put your stuff into.
A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff. ~George Carlin
Imagine if we stopped buying stuff and started making do with what we already had. Imagine having no car payment or not even owning a car. Imagine having no more credit card bills. If we stopped buying so much stuff then we would need less money. We could move into smaller spaces because we would not need room for all of the stuff. The smaller place would cost less money. It would take less time to organize. If we stopped buying so much stuff and moved to a small place we could even reconsider what we did for a living. If we did not need so much money then we could save more. This may allow us to do things like travel more or have more adventures. This may also give us more happiness because we can do something meaningful that we love for a living. We would not be driven by our paycheck. We could give more money to charity instead of spending it on useless stuff. We may even have less stress being out of the rat race and live longer. What if we just did not care about stuff anymore? How could our lives change?
How can our lives change if you did not care about stuff anymore?
- Need less money
- Have a meaningful career
- Less stress
- More free time
- More traveling or adventures
- Live longer
- Give more to charity
Getting the stuff out of the way leaves room for the good stuff. And the good stuff ain’t even stuff at all.