Three bags and one luggage

This is a story I shared for my friends on Facebook on July 1, 2015.

On this Canada Day, true to the Quebec tradition, I moved. Packing my stuff get me thinking… Here lies before me everything that I have. All the material goods I have accumulated in the past 25 years, compressed within three bags and one luggage.

Many people seek happiness through material possessions. Every weekend, we go shopping to unwind. Ultimately, success is measured by what we own, by the size of the garage and the quality of the kitchen set. We despise those who have less and envy those who have more.

As for myself, I have always preferred simplicity. Whether it is in my professional life, in my vision of design, or in my personal life, in the way I dress, I cook and the amount of stuff I buy. For example, I still have the same DC school bag since my first year of high school, 12 years ago.

Today, having had the lifestyle of average North American, it probably would have taken me a full day to move and I would have paid $ 300–400 for the moving truck. Instead, it took me an hour and a Uber.

Tyler Durden said, “the things you own end up owning you.”

I prefer to think that happiness lies within these three bags and luggage. Specifically, in the freedom they allow. The material and financial freedom to leave at any time and without constraints. To leave a job, a city, a country. And as for spending, better put your money in experiences, because — at the risk of being cliché — experiences are the only expenses that ultimately make you richer. Because I believe happiness lies in new adventures, in meeting new people and discovering new places. It can’t be bought at Ikea.

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