Most people merely consume their way thru life, their lives are all-consuming where almost every aspect of their lives is someone else’s creation. It’s no surprise why we do this, as we often spend the first quarter of our lives, our most important years of learning, consuming other peoples creations instead of creating the life we want. Are you creating the life you want or consuming the life you have?
"The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position." ~ Leo Buscaglia
The idea is not to feel like you have to create everything, but showing your kids that they have the power to create the world they want will have a big impact on them as they will be more motivated to start tinkering and inventing ideas for what’s possible and even impossible. When we create, we bring our individuality to the world in a magnificent way because we are directing our lives and painting our very own canvas. You see, most people that have achieved great success in life didn’t get there by degrees or accolades, it’s because they made their own way and created a life of passion.
“Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.” ~ John Lennon
“The things you own end up owning you.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk [Author of the award-winning novel Fight Club]
"He who buys what he does not need, steals from himself." ~ Swedish Proverb
"Our economy is based upon people wanting more; their happiness on wanting less." ~ Frank A. Clark
“The really valuable thing in the pageant of human life seems to me not the political state, but the creative, sentient individual, the personality; it alone creates the noble and the sublime, while the herd as such remains dull in thought and dull in feeling.” ~ Albert Einstein [Ideas and Opinions]
“Human beings are radically different from the rest of life on earth. We have imaginations. As a result we have unlimited powers of creativity.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson, [Out of Our Minds]
"The question is whether or not you choose to disturb the world around you, or if you choose to let it go on as if you had never arrived." ~ Ann Patchett, [Novelist]
"The challenge is to make anti-consumerism joyful by emphasizing the satisfaction and necessity of becoming more sustainable and refusing to fuel a system grounded in the exploitation of people and the environment." ~ Alan Bradshaw [Professor of Marketing]
“Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt, they can’t afford the time to think. Tuition fee increases are a “disciplinary technique,” and, by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalized the “disciplinarian culture.” This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy.” ~ Noam Chomsky
School is all about consuming, following the herd, instead of creating:
As The Minimalists would say Create More, Consume Less which is why they also love unschooling:
"Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." ~ Steve Jobs, 1997
"Fitting in is a short term strategy that takes you nowhere. Standing out is long term strategy that takes guts and produces results" ~ Seth Godin
"If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently from the crowd." ~ Sir John Templeton
“When you are born into a world where you don’t fit in, it’s because you were born to help create a new one.” ~ Anonymous
“Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque.” ~ U. G. Krishnamurti
“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” ~ Rita Mae Brown
The differences between fitting in & standing out
To Fit In, You Need To:
To Stand Out, You Need To:
Harness Your Individuality (differ)
This all begs the question, what can we start creating in our lives instead of consuming?
There are tons of YouTube videos that can really help motivate and inspire you to create almost anything.
Experiences | Create experiences instead of consuming curriculums because children learn by doing, not consuming.
Food | Growing our own food
"Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food." ~ Frank A. Clark
Meals | Making our own meals
Personal Care Products | Make your own soap, shampoo, toothpaste, makeup (fruit makes for the best makeup, especially blackberries), lotions, shave cream (or just use coconut oil instead of consuming a product made in a factory).
What are you creating instead of consuming?