Further into MinimalismPosted: December 5, 2013
when i was in academia i had to take a philosophy course as a prep for medical ethics. the prof was great. he didn’t even go by the given text. one lesson he gave was about Buddha. how he was a prince that was living a life of luxury. one day there was a dancer that collapsed while dancing for him and he grew disgusted. he decided to give up his wealth and live a life of piety.
he had learned to live off of a grain of rice a day. he realized that this also wasn’t living. it was then that he realized there were 2 sides of life: indulgence and sacrifice. and one must determine where what side is ideal for them. what side will eradicate karma. Buddha chose living a life closer to sacrifice (minimalism) was best for him.
since my last “minimalism” post, i’ve given away a large portion of my personal belongings. i don’t have anything particularly of value (save my junk silver collection. GAAAAAAR), so it’s not like i’m losing much. but something hit me.
i’ve been sleeping on the floor of my bedroom for over a month. i used to have a hard time falling asleep (unless i was medicated) ordinarily. but recently, i’m out within minutes of hitting the pillow. i wonder how i could sleep so well on the most base of accommodations when i had a bed of luxury (it was a king sized cloud).
is it that i’m more comfortable with less, or that i’m more comfortable with the path i’ve chosen? and make no mistake, i WON’T be living a lavish life when i’m done with the navy. i’ll be parked in a travel trailer on the back end of 64 acres of my cousins land in southern La. i don’t think most people would consider that an ideal living situation.
but i’ll have a few tree stands for popping deer, a pond to fish from, and ACRES to sit and shoot the guns. i’ll sleep late. i’ll go to welding school and look into a new work situation, but i don’t plan on working much.
call it what you want, but i’m looking forward to living a life of less. but i do feel sorry for my mother. i’m her only son and her oldest child. all she wants is for me to have kids; but i think she’s finally wrapped her head around the fact that she won’t be getting any from me.