I have had a love-hate relationship with technology ever since I first started using the PC. Back then, I was a curious little kitten who had just started using the Internet. To me it was like being on a boat, all by myself, with so many different places to discover. Each one lead to another, and then more.
Over the years the amount of baggage I have acquired — both in terms of software and hardware — is huge. In the software part I would add all the data that comes with these apps and media. In the hardware part I would add everything from wireless routers to tiny pieces of antennae I thought would make my life better.
The real question of the hour is — is the trade off worth it?
I would answer the question in a diplomatic manner, both yes and no. Yes, because you get so much more that wasn’t going to be possible otherwise. No, because you come to a point in life where everything is just meaningless beyond a certain limit.
How do you deal with it? I started beating the stress with selling off all my accumulated worth of hardware products to my friends. There were products they couldn’t buy because they didn’t feel the need, so I tried to sell them off to just about anyone. You can just buy and sell in Bangladesh using a number of online classified websites.
Another interesting tit-bit I discovered was getting rid of the data. I started removing apps, uninstalled entire chunk of temporary data files that had been accumulated on my PC and mobile devices — and I didn’t even miss anything. It feels a whole lot lighter.
Wireless routers, modems, antennae, laptops, desktops, mobile devices like phones and tablets, are all a part of the bigger ecosystem we like to call the Internet. At first all these devices seem necessary and we laugh at the idea of the baggage they create in our lives. Shedding some part of it by giving it away or completely selling some of them helps keep the sanity levels in check, in your life.
So the next time you come to a point in your life where you start wondering what went wrong, look at the emotional, technological, and other baggage you have accumulated in your life. Sell what you don’t need, give some away to your friends, and start living a minimal lifestyle. You’ll have more money, time, and energy to do other things in life that demand your attention.
This is a post by Adelah Shah who lives and works in Bangladesh as a freelance photo journalist. She is currently working on her book that is based on minimalism. She’ll be regularly contributing to our blog in the near future.