Having had a couple of goes at starting blogs without having any real purpose to them, they went the way of many initial enthusiastic launches that fizzled out over time. I just didn’t seem to be able to keep my interest going or slog it out over months of effort. It seems to me that the balance of effort and enthusiasm is always skewed to the later which may not help in the longevity a blog. It cannot be denied that blogging is a bit like setting off on a multi marathon. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining about having to put the effort in, as the long term blogs I have grown up with probably are all thinking the same thing and are testimony to just keeping going. Like learning any new skill it takes consistency to become proficient. Just keep chipping away at it each day and results will happen
Here I am sitting in front of a glowing laptop screen in the fading light launching off into the unknown again. This time, more than another time.. I’m going to get it right. Now where have I heard that before! But there is a difference to this endeavour in that there is a practical purpose to it. Maybe not immediately but some time in the future the reason for this blog will become a necessity and when it does I want to be prepared. This blog will help me document my journey but I also want to have some fun in the process of carrying out this cunning plan to a smaller more meaningful life.
What is that cunning plan I hear you ask? Well reader it involves as the domain says; one bag one life. What does that mean exactly, well for some time I have been thinking about the amount of stuff I, we, one carry around with ourselves and how much of it we actually need. Want is another matter of course but for the moment I am focusing on the the need part. Having moved again recently, looking through the boxes still to be unpacked I find I have years of accumulation. Useful things, gifted things, forgotten things, sentimental things. But things that I don’t need or want so why give it space.
I know downsizing, minimalism, de-cluttering and all these other usually zen like forms of intentional living are fashionable. But having moved a parental house to a much smaller one I fully understand the phrase fitting a quart into a pint pot. Seeing a once empty and uncluttered space become a cacophony of objects in every space and corner hardens my resolve to live a less cluttered life.
So a lot of this is still in my head and I really am not sure where I am heading with it. But I have some interesting ideas I want to explore. Maybe they will be of interest to you too. There are many people out there documenting their journeys and living the dream but there are plenty more not. I am certainly not unique in my quest for freedom as the internet will happily show you. But I enjoy seeing others journeys and learning from that experience.
Rather than getting caught up trying to craft the perfect post to get started I’m using the “just do it” mantra. So as they say on all good videos; “Let’s get started”
Phew, there it’s done!