jusummerhayes (jusummerhayes) wrote,

Making do

South Brent

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

- Henry David Thoreau

It’s amazing how little we need.

If you live in the West, for most people, they have too much...and never quite know when enough is enough. This is in stark contrast to my parents and grandparents where making do (and without) was second nature.

On reflection, I’ve not always been faithful to the making do creed, but 2015 will see me buy less than ever before, grow more of our food, recycle as much as possible, and live frugally. (It might sound pitifully small but even making a bar of cheap soap last a few weeks feels special -- don’t worry I do shower every day.)

I also recognise that I have more than enough books, pens and bikes to last me a lifetime, and unless there’s a very compelling need, I don’t intend to buy anything new, save perhaps the odd tire or inner tube.

There will, no doubt, be challenges aplenty but just as I’ve mastered other areas of my life, so I will with thrift.


What could you do without?


Tags: simplicity

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