Everything Is Temporary, Especially Your Stuff

I’ve been thinking about what might happen to Hip Diggs if I were to die today. It would disappear from the Internet in a year or two when my hosting contract ran out. Hopefully, I’ll be around for awhile, but it’s good to remember that everything is temporary.

Everything is temporary: Photo by Dan Erickson of new paint job on house.
Photo by Dan Erickson

This is my house. We had it painted earlier this year. It looks nice. But the paint will get old and chip away. It will need to be painted again.

Everything is temporary.

This is a fact of life. Nothing lasts forever. As we get older this temporariness shows its face more and more. But it’s not a bad thing. Knowing that life has limits can help us to make wiser decisions.

If Everything Is Temporary, Why Accumulate Stuff?

Life has different seasons. We might need a few more belongings when we’re raising a family. But what’s the point in accumulating more and more stuff? It’s all temporary.

We’ve all seen it. Someone passes away and the family is left with a houseful of stuff that nobody really wants. I’m going to make a point to keep my estate simple as I get older. This way my family will have less to deal with when I go.

But there’s much more to learn from the fact the are days are numbered.

Sometimes It’s Okay To Live A Little

Minimalism can feel rigid. Sometimes I wonder if some of the minimalists I follow online really have any fun in life. Everything they say and do seems so serious. They scoff at buying one extra pair of shoes. But think about this: 

When people reach the end of their lives they don’t say things like, “I wish I would have bought more stuff.” On the other hand, I don’t think anyone will say, “I wish I would have lived a stricter minimalist lifestyle.” And no one will ever say, “I wish I’d never bought that extra pair of shoes.” 

There’s a happy medium. It’s ok to splurge once in awhile; to buy something you really want. In time, if you find it getting less use, you can always pass it on to someone else.

Remember to do some of the things you really want to do in life. Even if that means buying more than minimalism might prescribe. You only have so long to live. If you’ve learned the secrets of simple living, you’ll know when to buy and when to let things go.

Leave Your Legacy

Even our work is temporary. My writing, my books, my blog, my music: it’s all fleeting. But the more we create, the more we can leave behind for future generations. 

Rather than collecting and consuming stuff, we can spend our time creating. We can teach others how to live more simply through our messages and our art. We can show others how to use their time more productively.  

It’s nothing new. Just as everything is temporary, there’s really nothing new under the sun. By creating original works, we’re not doing some novel and grand act. But we will be passing on a little wisdom. And we will be passing on the spirit of simple creativity.

It’s Not About You… You’re Temporary

Leaving a legacy is not really about you. It’s about humanity. It’s a way to pass the torch to future generations. Whatever your passion, you can pass it on.

Hopefully, I’ll have another 30 years to continue to share my art and the message of simple living.

What about you? How are you going to live your life today to help pass on something important tomorrow?

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4 Comments

  1. Hey Dan, you are right.
    I agree that it is very, very important to know what makes us happy, what are we truly passionate about in this life.
    I say this because all too often we get distracted and buy stuff and waste money and time on things and activities that are not truly important to us.
    It has happened to me.
    I see my home and think “God, instead of wasting time and money on this stuff, it would have been much better to spend the same money and time on things that really make me happy”
    I guess part of the problem is that we are constantly surrounded by all kind of seductive invitations to do this or that, to buy this or that.
    The problem then is that it makes us difficult to understand what is truly important to us.
    For instance, I love music so much. Im not musician, yet I love music. So I discovered that it is much better I spend my time and money on buying and reading books about music than to spend the same amount of time and money on stuff that very soon I get bored with.
    The key is to know yourself and what you love.
    Everything is temporary which is another way of saying that we all have limited resources.
    Life is a limited resource
    Time is limited, effort is limited, money is limited.
    Hence it is reasonable to spend life, time and money and effort on what truly makes of happy.
    The reason why we are not minimalists is because we are always looking for something else. We are never satisfied because we don’t know ourselves.
    We buy a car, then we are not happy with it then we buy a different one… We get into many different hobbies and pastimes.
    We buy this or that because we are ignorants about what makes us truly happy, ignorant about what makes our heart beat with passion.
    If you don’t know what you love, you will be always buying stuff and wasting time on activities and stuff that do not work for you.
    Maybe being minimalist is the inevitable natural result of knowing yourself.
    Kind regards!

    1. Wow! I love this, Joe! I think you are right on! And I’m no different from many. I’ve found myself buying things and doing things just because I think it will satisfy me in the moment. But to know ourselves well enough to really know what makes us happy is key to being able to simplify our lives.

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