Your life will be richer.
„I’m beginning to learn that this is the sweet simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
Shopping binges, trying to make yourself happy by buying stuff. Maybe you’ve experienced how buying a new dress or a new shirt sometimes cheers you up when you’re having a bad day. But when will we be able to say that what we have is enough?
Even while we were getting ready for the Trail, we had to choose what we really needed. A few stages later we knew that even that was too much. We could hardly walk anymore; my T-shirt was stained with blood where my heavy rucksack had rubbed on my hips. But on that day we had a stroke of luck: We found a post office and could send everything we didn’t need home.
It was only when faced with pain and the desperate urge to get rid of as much weight as possible that it was possible for us to recognise the unnecessary burdens in our rucksacks. On that day, I sent home two pairs of socks, a book, our selfie stick, the tin opener, a dress and lots of odds and ends. I felt lighter and unburdened. It was a totally liberating experience to have only as much as we really needed.
Since we came back home, we have been looking at our things differently. I feel as though I have been suffocating from having too much stuff. Now I can walk through department stores without any desire to own something, or to buy something new. Honestly, I feel perfectly happy just thinking that I own everything and that I don’t need anything.