Simplicity

You have too much music available, too many books lying around, too many status updates to stay on top of, too many things vying for your attention.

photo by visualpanic

photo by visualpanic

Simplicity broadens the mind.  Minimalism is big.  Less is more.

See what I did there?

Really, it’s too easy to collect too much stuff and never make enough use of it all.  It’s hard to value belongings when there are so many vying for your attention.  Yet it’s hard, nearly impossible perhaps, to discard what *could* be useful later or what you have enjoyed in the past and *may* enjoy again.  Attach a tiny value to something and the value seems to grow tenfold as soon as you think about getting rid of it.

Do you need all the things you have?

What about your music collection?  Do you really need all those files on your computer, phone, player…?  Are you quick to click the next track on shuffle, or search a list of your favourite bands and still not know who to listen to?

Variation is great, but some restriction is also healthy.  Sticking with music, we all have different tastes and we’re happy to take recommendations from others.  You need never buy another song again with all the free stuff available legally.  You don’t even need to turn to piracy to hear the latest music in full and for free.  On a computer or a mobile, you have the ability to stream almost any song out there.  As for radio, there are so many stations that even picking one of those is a chore!

Choice doesn’t come cheap.  The more choice you have, the harder it is to choose.  So you don’t choose at all.  Annoying, huh?

There comes a point when you could get rid of everything you’ve got and start from scratch.  As a student, you may not have a vast library of books and may not own the biggest collection of (legal) music, but you may still have more than enough.

But it never *seems* enough.  A new product comes out and it’s just what you want.  So you get it.  The process happens again and again.  And again.  And again.  And it never ends.

Do you really need it?  The answer is almost always ‘no’.
Do you really want it?  That’s a different question.

The ease with which we can buy things in an instant adds to our impulse buying.  It’s there for the taking, it’s cheap, it’s instant satisfaction…you might as well.  But will it truly make a difference to you? There’s something to be said for patience.  We don’t see enough of it now.

I may sound contradictory here, but simplicity is difficult.  We naturally edge toward complexity at any given moment.

Shun complexity.  Move toward simplicity.  It seems so far away, but it’s closer than you think.

2 comments

    1. Thanks Luke! Yes, the initial effort is well worth it.

      Great to hear from you. I look forward to reading more at your site now.

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