This guy must have been the craziest person I’ve ever met in my entire life. It was a hostel somewhere in Poland. I had just arrived after an exhausting train ride.
He was lying on his bed with his laptop, listening to YouTube and organizing a playlist. We started talking. After a while of chit chat we ended up talking about minimalist lifestyles.
I thought I was already leading quite a minimalist lifestyle but the stuff he talked about was just insane.
He had been traveling for the past 8 months, had done couchsurfing or stayed with friends and never paid for accommodation at all. That was his first time to pay for accommodation in the past 8 months. The only money he needed was for food.
When I asked him what he did for a living he said he was in sales. He said he loved his job but couldn’t take it anymore because he was bullshitting people into buying stuff they didn’t really need.
So he decided to quit his job and sold everything he had.
He sold his house, his car, his boat and all of his other stuff.
At 35 years all he owned was in a small backpack. A backpack with three t-shirts, two boxers and two shorts (and a laptop). That’s all he owns now. Every night he washes his clothes (by hand).
And when I asked him how long he wanted to do this he said he didn’t know.
The only thing he knew was that he wanted to see his family more often. His parents and his relatives lived somewhere in the States.
Right before I left he asked me whether or not I wanted one of his t-shirts.
He said he only needed two. I was astonished but I agreed, took his t-shirt and started wearing it (after I washed it of course).
Now every time I wear this t-shirt I have to think about this guy and how simple life can be.
I’m actually wearing his t-shirt right at this very same moment.
And while writing these lines and thinking about it I have to admit that this guy was probably among the most inspiring people I’ve ever met in my entire life…
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