I discovered Chile’s Quit Now Challenge (see the logo to the sidebar: it’s the clearest, most uncluttered, Peak Oil logo I’ve come across). I devoted some deep thinking about what I would give up…
- Cigarettes? Diet Coke? McDonalds? Never did that / haven’t done that in half a decade.
- Paper towels? TV? Airco? Plastic bags? Did that, done.
- Dryer? Junking veggie waste? Will give that up the moment we move to the new place, where hanging clothes and composting are possible.
- Procrastination? Can’t. I mean, loafing is an integral part of my job (writing). So are coffee and black tea.
Look, it’s not that difficult! Here goes:
I will give up buying toys and books for Amie, and books for myself.
From today (5 July) until 5 July, and after that we’ll see.
The comments and Chile’s later post on the matter discuss whether this means depriving oneself (negative spin) or gaining space and time (positive). In our case, of books and toy we have enough, too much already. Getting more will actually mean having less: less space and less time to discover and rediscover what we already have.
Also, we’re looking at our move, coming up soon (it’s planned in two weeks). I haven’t been able to bring myself to pack yet. It’s the books!
My 1000+ count philosophy library is already in boxes in storage. But since “giving up” philosophy, I’ve gained many more books, mainly children’s books, ecological treatises and all manner of homesteading books. I could never ever think of books as “clutter,” but truly, when you have to move them, they are, factually, weight.
So there. Can I do it? Can I be a Quitter?