So much of our choices are influenced by our formative years spent with family, relatives and friends. Looking back, I remember my family (I was born & raised in Mumbai, India) and those around me lived below their means & enjoyed a life full of joy & togetherness. We rarely went for holidays or had gadgets – instead, we spent our time playing in the sun, getting covered in dirt & grime – learning teamwork, grace & humility. My parents chose to invest in my education, giving me a solid foundation to build the rest of my life on. We ate wholesome home-cooked food & bought new things only on special occasions which were so few that they were invariably exciting even if we only went out to our local café for chai and brun-maska.
Being aware of the excesses in my life & practicing minimalism have highlighted the values instilled in me as a child. I have found myself falling in love all over again with the intagibles – a date with my boyfriend over a glass of milkshake, a deep conversation about life with my family, a passion for sharing my love for minimalism & sustainability. These things can’t be bought, they don’t have a price tag. Memories unlike material objects can’t be accumulated, only treasured.
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