One of the things I need to do before leaving is, of course, get rid of the stuff I don’t need to take with me or save. I’ve just started to take an inventory of what I need to get rid of, and I’m still kind of amazed at all of the stuff that I’ve accumulated over the last few years. I have a little tiny apartment that, at first glance, doesn’t appear to be that full. But just starting to sell my unneeded but still useful - to others - things on ebay is very telling. I like to think of myself as someone who tries to limit his purchases only to essentials, but I’ve already found a lot of valuable extras. For example, the wireless headphones I couldn’t live without a couple of years ago are just gathering dust in a drawer, fully functional and desirable on ebay, probably in a couple of weeks. This feels pretty good, actually. Even though I’m unemployed and enjoying a life of leisure, I can have a net positive income for another month or so.
I am quite aware of the irony, by the way, of the fact that I’m trying to be like a Mr. Anti-Consumerism, and yet I’m moving to the most hyper-consumerist society in the world. Call me a hypocrite, if you like. I can take it.