Overconsumption = extinction
How many shoes do you have? Two, three, or five. I saw people having thirty shoes in their closets. Not only shoes, but people also want to acquire lots of things like dresses, utensils, furniture, artworks, electronics, etc. even if they don’t use them, they still wish to purchase. Just look at e-commerce sites; we can see thousands of products in each category. But have we thought about where these products come from. All are made from our nature like timber, animal skin, etc., and we exploit our wildlife and habitat for making those products. We forget that this nature is a part of us, and it is the basis of our own existences, and when we destroy it. We are destroying the lives of other living creatures and ourselves.
Approximately 27,000 trees are cut down every day just to make toilet paper, and more than 50 million animals are violently killed for use in fashion every year. One of the primary reasons for this kind of enormous exploitation is overconsumption.
I prefer we should choose a minimalistic approach in our life. Minimalism means owning only what adds value and meaning to your life (and the lives of the people you care ) and removing the rest. It’s about clearing the pile and using your time and energy for the essential things for you. We only have a limited amount of energy, time, and space in our lives. To make the most of it, we must be intentional about how we’re living each day. Many people build summer homes just to spend a few days in their life. Instead, they can choose a holiday resort or hotel, which is much cheaper. We should buy stuff not because we liked it but because we genuinely need it.
I have been practicing the Minimalist approach for the last five years, and it saves a lot of money and time for me. Also, my mind is more relaxed because I don’t have the baggage of extra stuff in my home and in my mind. Before practicing the minimalistic approach, I brought a lot of dresses, shoes, bags. Whenever I am going out, I spend a lot of time thinking about which dress should I wear and which shoes I wear. But after practicing the minimalistic approach, my mind was free because now I knew exactly what I wore and what should I do. After all, it reduced my options, and I got more free time and saved a lot of money. It’s like making your mind less worried because now you can focus on the essential things like building your relationship, learning other things, and exercising.