I am sitting in my room, in front of my labtop (looking up the spelling of “laptop” on pons.de), listening to a Reggaeton song about a web cam (!) and being once more surprised by the huge amount of IT in the air. It used to be love, I vaguely remember it.
Still not feeling inspired after having surfed through a couple of online newspapers ‘ technology sections and having found out about the World Wide Wedding having been a major event that has beaten all internet records, I have now decided to write about a theory that has influenced my behaviour towards life: The Rucksack Theory.
I came across the expression last year when watching a movie called “Up in the Air” (starring George Clooney). It basically states that you should not carry around more than you can put in a rucksack.
Toothbrush, underwear, keys, wallet, mobile phone, done! Sounds easy but few people really manage to live up to that theory. And why follow it in the first place?
George Clooney’s character says that this theory prevents you from carrying around too much emotional baggage. But is there any truth to it?
We tend to care about all the small stuff that gets so easily piled up around us without us even noticing it. Being a minimalist, on the other hand, helps us to put the focus on what really matters to us. This does not mean that we should immediately get rid of all our stuff at once nor that we shouldn’t give any importance to the one or other item we get from our beloved ones. But learning to select and to get rid of the things we really don’t need, will create a feeling of freedom since we can detach from the past and concentrate on the present and the future.
We can start little by little, putting aside all kinds of items and dividing them into two categories: donations and trash. We can even put up a third category called “for sale”, if we wish so. There is also the possibility of following the “one in, one out” rule. If we buy a new pair of jeans, for instance, another one has to go.
Moving flats is always a great opportunity to try it out and there is even a method to automatically find out which clothes have to leave.
For many people who have started applying it, the Rucksack Theory seems to have become the key to a more relaxed and carefree life. I have myself noticed the difference. Even though, in my case, it may still be regarded as the Five Suitcase Theory, instead of the Rucksack Theory.
In this particular case, IT once again happens to be quite handy since a small notebook or cellphone doesn’t take up much space and you can literally walk around with the world in your pockets. Also, we don’t need to carry around any CDs ever since the mp3 format was invented.
Are you all packed yet? Less is better than more.