Micah Redding — faith in humanity's future

What I want in my backpack

As conversant as I’ve been with the minimalist world, you’d think I might have achieved some level of minimalism by now.

Far from it. I’ve rid myself of lots of things, moved a lot of stuff from my house into a storage unit (then cleaned out the storage unit), weeded out clothes and sentimental items and packed and re-packed and sorted and re-sorted and condensed and compressed…and I still have too much stuff.

But I think I’ve finally arrived at the point of seeing what it is that I want to keep.

Maybe that’s a better place to be - knowing what I want, instead of what I don’t want. Maybe minimalism suffers from too much focus on the negatives, instead of focusing on the core, letting the extraneous fall away. Maybe the exertion of getting rid of stuff is too exhausting, while the exercise of choosing your foundation is freeing and invigorating.

Maybe, rather than minimalism or enough-ism or appropriatism or whatever-ism, we should just know what we want.

Forget the major house-cleaning and de-cluttering and tips and tricks and so on and so forth. Find what you like, hone in on that, and trust the rest to take care of itself. Focus on the core of what you want and value.

Or go back to de-cluttering.

So here’s what I want in my backpack.


Mark Robertson:

I love everything, but disagree whole-heartedly with the hairband keychain. You need a hemp key chain. I have a key chain with an owl and it says "Pedigogia" (education, in BR port). Pretty much sums me up. They'll have to pry that from my cold dead arthritic fingers. EveryTHING else is negligible. I like what you've done here. It was why I went to posterous. It's a mind-dump first, and then suddenly I realized I really loved the frictionless writing, and suddenly it was being read by some new friends, and it was suddenly and freely a new outlet. We blender-brains need lots of outlets. It's good here, Micah. Cheers, M


Interesting. Hairbands have worked well for me, so I load up on the brown chunky ouch-less ones. I [used to](http://micahredding.com/blog/2010/02/16/empty-pockets) use them as a wallet (bind a few cards together), a keychain, to wrap headphones, power cords, and sometimes hair. But I've never had the privilege of trying out a hemp keychain. :) I'm definitely thinking these days that mind-outlets are important. There has to be some way of letting it out, free of the pressures of subject matter and length. It's why I keep moving, from blog to email list back to blog. The writer is always on the run.


like it. Writers gotta hustle.