So much time and energy is spent making useless things. So much time is spent shopping for, and buying needless objects. So much time is spent on accomplishing nothing – not resting, which is necessary, but doing nothing at all.
I think it is time to wake up and actually make necessary objects – at least that are going to be valued and treasured.
Beauty is necessary, and so is passion. This is why luxury items are so sought after – it is also why they are worth so much – the time, effort, and skill behind them are exciting, and we crave them because we want to have a part of ourselves be near it – if we cannot create it ourselves.
The true luxuries in life are overlooked by too many. Health, for one – true health, not aesthetics, weight loss, and the like. The vibrant feeling of well-being, the clear thought processes, the dynamic feeling of self-sustainability – when you are truly healthy you feel like you can achieve anything, and when you believe it is possible, you begin to see the pathways to achieving them.
Other true luxuries – pure air, sunshine, nature, animals, well-constructed garments, free-time to spend with others and yourself, books, traveling – there are many true luxuries that will obviously differ between every person. However I find that most people do not focus on their true desires, they follow a pattern of things they think they want.
An example of my own – I realized today, as I was driving home, that I was very tempted to go and buy something at the bookstore (I have a small amount left on a gift card, so would still be spending some of my own money). When realizing this and knowing how much I want to travel, it was easy to keep on my original path. I was actually surprised at how easy it was for me to resist because this is something I have been doing for a huge chunk of my life. Yes, I love reading, and yes I will never stop – but when did reading equate to buying and owning every book I am interested in?
Now I just want to own books I truly cherish, and the rest I can borrow. The money I earn can go to my luxuries – surf trips, organic fresh fruit, things that really resonate with me. They most likely will be experiences, but may also be concrete things, like an art print or a rare film. It may very well be a new book, but I am not mindless about it anymore – staying aware is so important. I am also aware of necessity and quality – I don’t shop much and when I do it’s usually second-hand. It’s so easy to overspend when at a thrift shop, and I end up with many things that I don’t often wear. Now I am very choosy, even if something costs a dollar.
Other examples are the things I make – I know I don’t need to post daily on here to be productive – I would rather post every two or three days when I feel like I have something to say, that may be helpful. I ask myself: Would this actually resonate with anyone?
I really admire the people that put a lot of thought, effort, and beauty into the things they say, the things they stand for, and the things they make. It makes me want to put more effort into what I do – it is ultra inspiring. Even if what they do is not technically “my way” – it is still so uplifting.
Some people might be intimidated by others’ talents, but switch your thinking and use them as inspiration. Why are they inspiring? What is it about what they do that speaks to you? Why does that impress you?
I used to be enamoured with many talents of certain guys I liked – eventually I realized that the things they did that impressed me were things I wanted to try myself – they were just the ones to expose me to new ideas. I didn’t say to myself, oh i could never do that – I tried it for myself, and the things I enjoyed stuck with me. Most did not, for the passion did not develop. I will always try new things, but I now focus mainly on life-long obsessions.
To try the things that impress you may cultivate new passions – this is so important if you are feeling lackluster or lost.
‘Talent is a long patience, and originality an effort of will and intense observation.’ – Gustave Flaubert
The only difference between us, and people doing something that we wish we could do , is that they practice for hours and days and years, that they are dedicated,and obsessive, and that we do not dedicate ourselves to those things in the same ways. If we did, we would also get results. Can you imagine what you could accomplish if you spent all your wasted and free moments working on what you love?
These ideas and things, however, should be put out into the world when they are truly of use – use can have many definitions. Are they of great beauty or helpfulness? I think that if you have any inkling that they are not up to your true potential, that you may want to keep at it until they are. That is not to say your practicing is not worth anything – it is that it will push you to be outstanding. You will know it is right when you feel no fear putting it out in the world.
I believe that this is the reason I have not yet written books. I have worked on writing since I was a child, and even though my writing has improved a great deal, I will still keep improving until I feel I have something really worth putting out there. There is so much that is only made for money – I was listening to an interview today and the topic of classic books came up – the woman was so impassioned about the topic that I felt a strong desire to read classics – not because I felt guilty but because she relayed their importance. I am not someone who automatically reaches for a best-seller, far from it – I seek out much of what I read on my own. I really have left classics in the dust, though – I have read some, but surprisingly few. Most people go directly for best-sellers, and I’m sure (and know) many are good, but will they stand the test of time like classic books?
I am not negating that many people love less-than-amazing things out there – I myself like several things that would be considered ridiculous and worthless. But this is about passion! I don’t spend too much time on those things at all.
I am reigniting my flame and aspiring to really up the ante in the things I adore about life. To see, learn, read, and appreciate the true beauty in carefully crafted things. To go out and experience things I will have fond memories of when I am about to die.
We get so little time, we should spend it putting more beauty into the world, a place where so much darkness reigns. So much time is spent being mindless, entertained, and oblivious. So much importance is put on money, and owning things, and expensive things that masquerade as luxury – though I am not saying that those things are not important to some people – to most, it is a feeling they desire, not the object itself. Much more valuable is time and so we must learn to spend it well, on the things that light us up.
If it has meaning to you, why? If it speaks to you, why?
You admire that person – why? You’re impressed – why?
You could do it, too – yes.
I’m actually asking you, out there, the questions above. Please share.