What I really care about today
As we get older (and wiser) our view on life is much more open to the possibility that it’s not at all what we thought it was all about. The past few years have brought on an epiphany of conscious realizations that shifted most if not all my life goals and principles. Here’s a few I am now striving to live by today:
- Minimalism lifestyle: A minimalism lifestyle defines the practice of simple, frugal living. I strive to make personal choices and beliefs about consumerism, the pace of life, and the value of having less – less money, less “stuff”, less distractions, less stress. Minimalism states that anything above or beyond necessity is wasteful, distracting, and creates disharmony in one’s self, relationships, and society.
- Work–life balance: This is a hard one for me, being a workaholic. But I’m working hard in getting this right by proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation).
- Make a sustainable impact: Six Rs of sustainability – reinvent/rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse/repair, recycle, replace/rebuy. Limit the amount of packaged goods. Being conscious of the whole of the supply chain of products we consume: from basic function, to marketing, and then through to end of life and rebirth + rethink the use of plastic.
- Building a sustainable home: Looking to build a fully sustainable home for a more healthy, efficient, and sustainable living. Taking on the following principles: Optimizing use of the sun, improving indoor air quality, using the land responsibly, creating high-performance and moisture-resistant, and wisely using the Earth’s natural resources.
- Supporting local businesses: I make an effort to buy locally produced goods and services over those produced farther away. Let’s support our local businesses!
- Supporting “open” movements: I support sharing ideologies, all “open” movements such as open data, open source, open hardware, open content and open access. I’m a socialist at heart.
- Experiencing new cultures: The best way to experience and understand other cultures is to actually live among them. I plan on traveling the world and learn about different cultures! This is my ultimate retirement plan.