Possessions and true freedom

 Hasenfus (@hasenfus) 7 years, 8 months ago

I put some thought toward what I truly expect my life to be like, and what freedom actually is to me. My main focus is creating in interesting and admirable path and savoring my youth. So, naturally, I have all these different versions of ways things could go and of course they all intertwine with each other as well. My main concern at the face of it seems to be superficial on one side but meaningful on another. I see the risks in front of me that I want to take, because sometimes in order to follow you heart you need to abandon the mind, and I see what is tying me down. physically, my possessions are tying me down. I am a musician and mainly a drummer. I have drums, speakers, and a whole myriad of space consuming, noise making burden that provide me much happiness. I thought, and might still be thinking, that I could a place for these things where I might even be able to make noise on them! But while I travel the world, take risks, and am ultimately transient….im lost as to what to do. Any suggestions?

February 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm
cptahab (0) (@cptahab) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@hasenfus I’ve been thinking about what it means to be free quite a bit recently as well. But for me the main outcomes were (1) freedom from people, and (2) freedom from falsehoods – obviously these two are not mutually exclusive. Which made me think about what you described as being a combo of superficial & meaningful. I’m curious, what do you mean by “superficial” in this context?

As for the drums and stuff, practically, can’t you just put em away somewhere? That seems obvious enough, or, since you didn’t offer that option, if it’s too hard to do so, just sell them. Here’s why: Materialism isn’t just wanting things, it’s wanting particular things. It’s wanting your drums, as opposed to wanting to play any drums. So sure you’ll lose money, and sure you’ll lose things you’ve attached value to (like sentiments), but you’re freeing yourself from the particular stuff. I prefer to want to do things with things (ha!) (e.g. play drums) than want things that do things (e.g. drums). Only the latter is egocentric materialism, that merges belongings with identity. Another way of saying it: Instead of marrying your drums, be in an open relationship. Does any of that help, and what do you think about my perspective? #curious

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Hasenfus (11) (@hasenfus) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

what i mean by superficial on one hand and meaningful on the other is that, i love music and playing it, but it makes me materialistic

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i4c1m2b (70) (@i4CiM2B) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Rent a small storage unit for around 30.00 per mo. pay in advance. Or make a point of contacting them each month to pay by phone. As long as the cost of storage doesn’t exceed the value of the equipment and you plan to play more in the future, that would be the way to go. Safer than leaving them at some friends house if you don’t know how long you’ll be gone.

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Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Freedom is to me doing what I please when I please, no matter the cost.

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Jordan (0) (@jajajajordan) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

I went to vegas this weekend and saw a guy playing “drums” outside of a casino. He was using those 5 gallon paint buckets, pots, pans, and sliding a baking tray with his foot along with other everyday items. Can still create music without your normal “possessions” :) He also had people hold his “instruments” for him at times, to keep it very interactive.

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