I recently came across this interesting article by a woman named Sash Milne who bought nothing new for a year. Wow. When I read that, it sounded crazy to me. I love being frugal but I hate when people take it to the extreme and my first thought was that Sash was one of these people. However, as I read her article and watched her video interview, it really got me thinking: “could I do this?” Would I be able to buying nothing new for a year? Probably not. But I think what’s so interesting about her experiment is how she was able to find happiness and fulfillment in the things and people that were already around her. Does that just go to show that we have an unhealthy obsession with “stuff”? Does happiness come from things we have or the relationships we keep? I’ll probably always be thinking about the answers to these questions myself.
With Sash, I think her experiment showed that we put too much emphasis on things and not enough on people. She spent less time sitting in front of computer or in a mall and more time interacting and connecting with others. It’s not necessarily about how she didn’t buy anything in the span of a year, even though everyone likes to focus on that part of her story. It’s more about what she learned as a result. Hear her story here:
Would you be able to buy nothing new for a year? Do you think there’s a bigger message here?