This project started when I simply began wondering what life would be like without a cell phone. Seems pretty tough to imagine, right? Especially in today’s society. What would life be like without that brilliant, convenient side kick of mine? How would I get in contact with people? What would happen to my relationships? How would I distract myself in class if lecture got boring? In discussing this idea with my best friend, I told her if anything, it would surely just be “interesting.” I just wanted to see if I could do it. However, she suggested I go even further, “Why not try to go without other things?” Intrigued, I listened as she listed off every-day luxuries that I should attempt to go without…
- Watching TV
- Using Make-Up
- Sleeping in a Bed
- Using Hot Water
- Communicating through Facebook/Email
- Drinking anything but water
- Using a washer/dryer
- Having a cell phone
And the list goes on…
The next step was determining how to approach these tasks and for how long. I came to the conclusion that each project would be attempted for 2 weeks (i.e. go without one thing for two weeks and then move on to another for the next two weeks and so on). Although there is a goal, it is not about making it through the 2 weeks, but rather to analyze why one could or couldn’t go that long without something. And along the way, documentation is key (Hence, this Blog). I want to find a distinction between Excess and Necessity.
However, this Project is not just for me. It is for YOU too. I want you to question and evaluate how you are living and why you do the things you do. Although some of these ideas may seem extreme, think of all the people in the world, and even some in the United States, who are living without these things on a daily basis. I want this to be a place for a community of people who come together to Read. Write. & Relate. At the end of the day we are all just people. And while we are all unique, we are also similar. We all feel. We all go through experiences. And you never know who may feel the same way about something or who may be experiencing exactly what you are. This project is about taking away convenience, challenging comfort and even breaking status quos. And I am asking you to join me on this journey.
That being said, by no means do I expect this project to change your mind-set or lifestyle (that goes for me as well). However, you never know what is going to impact you or how. At the least it will be interesting. At the most it will be influential.
” Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discard, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein