The documentary itself was nice, annoying at times but nice. It was the message that stuck with me though….
The Grandfather of the family had packed up his life in the USA decades before and now lived in a self-made hut on the beach in Fiji, eating fish that he caught and by all accounts enjoying his minimalist life.
Now this is quite extreme and leaves many questions about how the family survives or how the travel was funded but as you watch the documentary you see how little they have, how much they experience and how happy they are. And the question I ask is – could you give it all up, or would you want to?
I don’t think I could give it all up but conversations over the last few months in our family have definitely concentrated on the idea of less stuff and more happiness.
We all work pretty hard for our money and what really makes us happy – nice clothes, nice homewares, a nice car or nice jewellery? What about a life where we don’t keep consuming, we’re not judged by what we have and we are actually just happy?
We all know the more toys kids have the less they play, they are just overwhelmed by choice. Our children are bombarded by advertising and already at the age of 6 they are upset because their friends have $25 pencil cases from Smiggle and they don’t!
I read an article recently, which my friend at Untold Morsels referred me to – it was about the joy one can get from travel and memories that are made versus the joy of buying nice things and I think it is true to say the memories of magical times last a lot longer than the stuff we buy that clutters our lives.
So, as a family, we’ve decided – yes we want less and yes having less will make us more happy. We won’t give it all up and live on a beach in Fiji but every day we will focus on what makes us happy – and that is time together.
We’re all only here for a short time in the end.
What do you think – could you give it all up? or would you want to…..