Early this year, I share the list of Everything I Own on this blog. The number, however, it’s not yet final because I’m still in the process of purging my stuff. In conjunction with my effort to complete the count, I’m going to make a series of Things I Own posts, each written based on one category or the sub-category of my possessions.
Let’s start with shawls.
I wear hijab as an act of faith and in this country where I live in, the Muslim women wear different styles of hijab i.e. shawls of different fabric materials, instant hijab, and square scarves. It could be plain, floral or patterned. You’ll be overwhelmed if I try to name and describe them all.
Relationship with cell phones
In the world without boundary, our relationship with the cell phones is a major key factor affecting our productivity.
I may have quoted this here before, but it’s right on again with the context of this post.
The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything. (Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club)
Our possessions are supposed to make our life easier. However, there are certain things that we own and depending on our relationship with them, divert us from doing tasks we are supposed to do.
It’s my third time trying to bring about this minimalism game. My last attempt lasted me to the 8th day.
I have no more excuse. The sabbatical six months has just started yesterday.
Here I am, a stay-at-home-mother who probably have 10 times more time in the world than the previous working-me who have to shower so early in the morning, get my babies ready (read: fight a war), send them to schools, curse 45 minutes traffic, then take the train to the job I don’t really enjoy (I didn’t say hate), buy expensive meals that taste just the same, wait 8 hours to go back home, but end up leaving earlier to catch my kids – I mean, to pick them up a.s.a.p before their playschools’ overtime extra charges kick in. Phew.
A’ishah, that’s a very long sentence in one breath to say, all the excuses – over! The time you really wanted all this while – it’s here.