I’m guessing most of us “adults” believe we left peer pressure behind in high school. My experience says otherwise. I look at how I live and what I’ve spent money on, and it becomes obvious that most of it is the result of caving to peer pressure, of trying to “fit in”, or just [...]
In the George Clooney movie Up in the Air, a groom having pre-wedding jitters asks Clooney’s character, “What’s the point?” He wants to know more than what’s the point of getting married. He’s really asking what’s the point of life. Why do we get up every day and keep struggling against what often seems [...]
Jacob Lund Fisker over at Early Retirement Extreme recently wrote a piece called “The Virtue of Discomfort.” There were lots of good ideas in there, but I guess my view would be a bit different. It’s not so much discomfort itself that’s the virtue, it’s the willingness or ability to put up with discomfort [...]
My uncle Jimmy died today. He was probably my father’s closest brother, if just because he was the only one living near us. Even though I haven’t spent much time with him the last few years, I’ll miss him terribly. He was one of a kind, and the world is poorer without him.
When some people talk about becoming a minimalist, they point to a single instant, a specific moment in time when they just suddenly decided to head down this path. I can’t do that. It’s been a slow process for me. I mean, there have been milestones, but never a single moment I can point [...]