Why Do We Consume So Much Crap?

It has been a busy month.  Here are a few reasons that I haven’t been blogging.

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I ran out of contacts so I went to the eye doctor to get my yearly supply.  While there the doctor informed me that I have Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis.  Pretty much bumps on the inside of my eyelid from an allergic reaction to my contacts.  I have been wearing contacts for probably ten years now so it seems weird that it is happening now.  Anyway the doc said I can’t wear contacts for six to eight weeks.  I felt I needed my glasses prescription changed since it has been five years.  So I decided to get new gasses instead.  I go back in on the 10th of July.  Cross your fingers that I will be able to get new contacts.

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I finally received my  Persons of Indian Origin Card.  Funny that it really isn’t a card at all.  It looks more like a passport without all of the pages inside.  Another funny thing is that I am not a person of Indian origin.  One of the benefits of the card is that I can work while in India if I choose.  We also bought our tickets.  We are leaving August 3rd and will be in Dubai for a month and then we are on our way to India the 31st of August.

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IMG_0493Perhaps the number one reason I have not been blogging is because I have been trying to sell all of the stuff in my condo.  My last post talked about us selling our condo.  Well it sold right after we listed it so we have been trying to get rid of everything in our possession.  I do not want to have anything in storage because we may decided to stay in India or if we come back to the states we may not live in Utah.  I just don’t want to worry about anything and Liji has helped me realize it is all just “stuff”.  I am not really attached to anything anymore.  Why did I allow myself to purchase all of the crap in my house.  I am amazed at the amount of stuff that we had that weren’t using.  The only thing I will own is a couple suitcases worth of cloths and three boxes of pictures and memories.  It is such a liberating feeling.  These are a few pictures of a couple of things that we have sold.

If you are trying to sell anything ksl classifieds or your local online classifieds is amazing.  Every time we listed something we would get a ton of calls.  We also used Amazon to sell some electronics.  Amazon is much better than eBay.  Amazon is very quick and they give  you extra cash for shipping.  The final tip I have for selling stuff is to take it to consignment shops.  You need to know what your local consignment shop likes though.  I took about four car loads of my stuff to Emilie Jane located on 8th and 8th in SLC.  They take a 50% cut but I am happy to get something because we would have just given it to The Deseret Industries.

I will say that moving out of the country and getting rid of everything is the most liberating feeling.  Not feeling like I have to keep something is wonderful.  Why are we all so attached to items?  They are just things.  Life is about living and adventure and journey.  It really shouldn’t be about consuming, consuming, consuming.

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