I’m happy with where I am and where I’m going. There is always more to do; more to build upon or chisel away. When I look around the apartment-mansion or look at my stomach, there is less of that overwhelming dread that I had with all this “stuff” weighing me down. I’d still like to lose more weight and live in a cheaper place. To get to both, I have to do subtle, frequent changes.
Let’s start with VHS tapes.
I had a display of most of my tapes for months, collecting dust. Yesterday, I started the process of lumping tapes based on why I’m keeping them. I filled a box with all the irreplaceable home videos and filled the remaining slots with a small collection representing my epitome of tape-watching. That box went into storage. I found two tapes I could donate during that process.
I’ll keep going tonight or tomorrow and forever.
My weight loss has had the same sort of general pattern. Find what I like and get rid of what I don’t like. If I enjoy eating something, I’m budgeting its calories throughout my week. If I don’t like something, I either celebrate not eating it or I just let it pass. I’ve been rejecting free pizza offers for years. That’s something I was comfortable with donating from my collection of calories, like those two tapes I’m comfortable with donating soon.
We often want to go faster than we can really go.
I want to be a successful writer. Not a technical writer for a successful company, a journalist sourcing stories from some situations, but a fiction writer that wrote “The Story.” I can’t do that yet. My skill as a writer is not there yet. I can recreate concepts decently well, but to me, they feel hollow. I had a story idea linger in my mind on the drive in that would reimagine a scenario I was in yesterday. Writing that nonfinancial story might help me write “The Story” more than this, but there are certain appeals to writing these sorts of essays.
It’s easy to lose weight, get rid of stuff, and write.
Keeping the weight off, parting ways with objects without regrets, and writing successfully and autonomously – however – takes time. Through the snacks I indulge in, trips to the thrift store, sentences, and other burdens that aren’t shown in the 30-second highlight reel, we uncover the real essence of what we want out of these goals. I want to eat efficiently, live comfortably, and write frequently. When I am weighed down by food and things and writings I don’t enjoy, my consciousness feels malnourished.
I’ll keep trimming the fat from everything in life.
There’s no end to trimming fat; we must eat, we encounter new ideas or things daily, and, even in solitude, we are constantly surrounded by input. It’s not strictly about reducing our amassions of things.
It’s about strengthening the resolve to be vigilant over not amassing too much too quickly.
|Sources: My personal experiences.|
|Inspirations: Fitness has been more top-of-mind for me after getting my rower and reading the 4-Hour Body. I like the idea of comparing and contrasting seemingly disparate ideas to find their mutual understandings as a way to grow and develop. Here, clutter of the body and clutter of the home are analogous and could be handled the same way.|
|Related: Other Downsizing Zeal essays.|
|Photo: Wide-angle view of my storage room with my first box of “keeper” VHS tapes. I’ve been boxing, unboxing, and reboxing them frequently. They represent the biggest and most wasteful collection, so along with CDs, they’ve been a great example for any sort of collection that you might be struggling to decide what to keep and what not to keep. For this box here, it was everything that could not be replaced. For the second box, boxed a day after I took this shot, I went with everything that represents VHS tapes for me – TMNT and X-Men shows, mainly. Remaining boxes: similars.|
|Written On: July 22nd [27 minutes, mobile]|
|Last Edited: July 24th [Two words since my mobile device didn’t count to 500. Otherwise, first draft; final draft for the Internet.]|