A few weeks ago, as my husfriend and I slept, someone climbed up into our living room window and robbed us of just about every item holding monetary value that we own. In one fell swoop, 15,000€ worth of equipment we’ve accumulated over the entirety of our adult lives to support us in our creative endeavours was gone without a trace.
We were completely unprepared, most of our stuff had been purchased second hand so insurance refused to cover it, none of it was backed up, including my hardrives which housed every ounce of text, video, and imagery I’ve created professionally and personally in my lifetime.
It was shocking. Not only because the burgalers went so far as to sneak into our bedroom where we were sleeping gathering goods while we slumbered, but also because we hadn’t realized how much we relied on our electronics to function in this modern world.
Though many lessons have been learned in the wake of the experience, the resounding reminder in all aspects of realization has been that less is indeed more.
While coalescing my clothing into a small and succinct set of much appreciated ethical and sustainable items has been an easy transition over the past two years, the truth is that applying this type of curation and care to all other aspects of my life leaves me feeling more rooted, peaceful and appreciative overall … even if that ‘minimalism’, in one theme of belongings is forced as it was in our case.