My surname is Madsen, that’s M A D S E N. It is simple, two syllables, no extra letters that have no purpose, easy to read. So why do you think that most people, when confronted with this name, whether in plain print or spoken to them, automatically complicate it. Nine times out of ten people will pronounce it Marsden, Maddison or even Mathison.
I think I know why. Because these three other names are more common in Australia. So people revert to the norm rather than repeat what is said to them or written in front of them. That is the problem with “The Norm”, it is the usual way of things, acted upon by the bulk of the population whether it makes sense or not.
The Norm is…
- Buying stuff whether we need it or not.
- Replacing that stuff with new stuff when we tire of it or something “better” comes along.
- Keeping the old stuff when the new stuff comes along requiring progressively more space to store it all in.
- Hiring off-site storage when your dwelling becomes too small to store all the stuff.
- Needing two incomes and working 50+ hour weeks to pay for all this stuff and the mortgage.
What is meant to be the simple life (like my simple name) becomes more and more complicated the more “normal” we behave.
You know what is more fun than normal, being different. I love being different. I love the stunned looks on peoples faces…
- When I talk about how I have been decluttering my belongings for three years.
- How I don’t buy things unless I really have a need for them.
- That I prefer not to receive gifts.
- That I prefer to live in a smaller home.
- That I only have one handbag.
The beauty of going against the norm is that the clutter stops flowing in. My money isn’t wasted on stuff I don’t need. And I don’t have to work my butt off to afford a lifestyle that is different but quite wonderful. Granted my husband is still working full time but at the ripe old age of fifty even he can considering semi-retirement.
Dare to be different.
Today’s Mini Mission
Complete a project ~ Finish a project you started some time ago but haven’t added the finishing touches to. You can then either use it, gift it or donate it. Just this weekend I restrung some beads my mother had sent home with me about two years ago. She is coming to visit me this week for a couple of days and I can finally give the revamped necklace back to her. That frees up a little space and removes the guilt of it sitting there unfinished.
Eco Tip for the Day
Keep a jug in your kitchen sink to save the water that would otherwise go to waste when waiting for the hot water to come through. This water can be used as drinking water, to fill the kettle, rinse dishes, water plants, rinse the sink etc.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow