The many things I living a happy life essay ended up consuming me. Internet Explorer 9 or earlier.
Go to the home page to see the latest top stories. I LIVE in a 420-square-foot studio. I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes.
When people come over for dinner, I pull out my extendable dining room table. I don’t have a single CD or DVD and I have 10 percent of the books I once did. I have come a long way from the life I had in the late ’90s, when, flush with cash from an Internet start-up sale, I had a giant house crammed with stuff — electronics and cars and appliances and gadgets. I consumed ended up consuming me. We live in a world of surfeit stuff, of big-box stores and 24-hour online shopping opportunities. Members of every socioeconomic bracket can and do deluge themselves with products.
For me, it took 15 years, a great love and a lot of travel to get rid of all the inessential things I had collected and live a bigger, better, richer life with less. Go to the Seattle Travel Guide. I sold our Internet consultancy company, Sitewerks, for more money than I thought I’d earn in a lifetime. 300 sunglasses, a ton of gadgets, like an Audible. I was working hard for Sitewerks’ new parent company, Bowne, and didn’t have the time to finish getting everything I needed for my house.
I’d shuffle through the pictures and proceed on a virtual shopping spree. My success and the things it bought quickly changed from novel to normal. Soon I was numb to it all. It didn’t take long before I started to wonder why my theoretically upgraded life didn’t feel any better and why I felt more anxious than before.