Traveling light through Life makes it simpler, meaningful and beautiful.
Our daughter Aanchal left today for studying at grad school. When the cab arrived to take her to the airport, and we were wheeling her two suitcases along the driveway, I was struck by the spiritual depth of the moment. Here was a child who had grown up with us in the past 22 years. And now, she leaves just carrying two suitcases of stuff to start a new Life. That’s it! Just two suitcases, a mobile phone and a laptop.
Interestingly, this event is happening a second time in our Life. In September 2008, our son Aashirwad too left similarly, packing his worldly belongings into two suitcases. He still lives out of them.
I believe the restriction placed by airlines that you may only check-in two suitcases, without having to pay for excess baggage, is a brilliant way of encouraging minimalism. Consider this: What if each of us just had only two suitcases worth of stuff, a mobile phone, a laptop and a passport, as our Life’s assets? Wouldn’t Life be simpler? And more meaningful, more beautiful? Nothing extra to take care of, nothing extra to protect and nothing really to cling on to?
For almost 7 years now, Vaani and I have been practicing minimalism in our own way. Every six months we chuck away stuff that we have not used in the previous six months. This excludes our passports or any important academic, professional or statutory documentation. And this week, we get ready to get rid of more stuff from our Life. At around 50, we believe we want to travel light for the rest of our Life before we fade away into the sunset. Yes, we have a moral responsibility of earning enough to be able to repay people that we owe money to. Apart from being able to do this, we have no interest in acquiring or accumulating wealth and assets of any kind. We have learnt that Life’s pretty simple. If you can live with what you need in two suitcases, and are forever ready to go when your name is called, I feel it is a great, magical, state to be in.