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Things in Our Lives

"Do you really need that vacation house at the beach? Do you really need that 5000 sq ft house? Do you really need that fourth car for the two of you?" Those were the questions our photo instructor asked the audience during our recent trip on board the National Geographic Explorer. The lecture was on climate change and conservation.

Seals happily napping without owning a single thing in the world
His question struck me by surprise. I caught myself thinking about all the things I own. I am guilty of owning more things than I need. We, as humans, accumulate things as we go through life. It is a bad habit for our wallets and for mother earth.

I still remember reading an article about a couple who sold all their belongings and traveled the world for two years. The more things we have does not necessarily bring us more happiness. Many of us are trapped with the "keeping up with the Jones" syndrome. We think that more material things will bring us more joy. We are usually…

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