Last Sunday afternoon I took a yoga class at my CrossFit box. As I sat there on my mat, waiting for class to begin I couldn’t help but look around me and reflect. Reflect on how far I had come since starting there in September. Yes things aren’t perhaps quite where I’d like them to be in a perfect world but in that time I have not only grown much stronger physically but also met some bloody wonderful people whilst at it.
One thing in particular struck me. I was sat in a room filled with efficiency, functionality if you like. The box has the tools necessary – barbells, a rig, weight plates, etc. – but then the also space to move. The space to be free.
Everything there has a purpose. There is no unnecessary, no waste.
I couldn’t help but wonder shouldn’t this be the way we live too?
When I relaunched Cherries & Chisme, I wrote about my desire to explore the idea of minimalism, and this is what I meant. Ridding your life of clutter, of waste and focussing on the essentials. Whilst I’m not planning on moving to a tiny stark empty room of a flat I love that I can throw everything I need, everything I’d miss, into a rucksack and head off to wherever I choose. There is no dependency on objects, on stuff.
I find so often that we get caught up in the pressures of society. The constant advertising, companies marketing their latest product to us, the product that will obviously change our lives. But what is the point? A fleeting moment of happiness at first perhaps, but then we’re left wanting more. Always more.
The pattern reminds me of my old patterns of binge eating. It was just the same. Consuming to hide emotions, for quick satisfaction, quick fulfilment. Except instead of consuming food, it’s consuming stuff. All to no end.
Sometimes I wonder where the culture in many ‘Western’ societies has gone. I see other communities on my travels, read about them in books or even watch them through documentaries, and I feel so much of their togetherness, the culture that binds them.
To me, culture brings the emphasis back to the important things in life. Your people and your freedom. The freedom to be. I know it’s here somewhere, it’s just a case of finding it again.
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