The North


Issue Nº 10

Printed Newspaper Journal – Winter 2016

“Money doesn't talk, it swears”



When you wake up in the morning and look at all the things around you, stop and think, out of all those things, how often do you actually use them? That row of unread, dust collecting books, the stacked up old cook books that haven’t been looked at since you bought them, and then there’s the old compact discs and DVDs that don’t even get a look in anymore. If you dare open the cupboard you will be confronted by shelves and shelves of clothes that don’t even fit, thanks to that Jenny Craig diet you successfully carried out all those years ago. Then you walk outside to the garage and you are confronted by a drill from Bunnings you never even opened and a red wine collection that is too busy ageing to be opened. If you had to then put all these things in a pile on your driveway, it could take you all weekend and before you know it you are back at work on a Monday trying to earn a dollar to buy more stuff, trying to save up for that thing you really need. 

I am not trying to get all anti-consumerist on you, or maybe I am, I’m not entirely sure. I just want you to look around at all your things and consider how much you use them and if you really need them. I recently took this self appointed survey and was pretty taken aback by my test results. After being on the road for around two and a half months, living out of my truck and little more than a duffle bag of clothes, I quickly realised that I didn’t really need much else to be comfortable and happy. My truck had a bed that was comfortable and my shirts probably could have been washed more than they were, but upon returning home and waking up in a bedroom full of my belongings, I began to look at my things each morning. I would just look and take stock in my head of how much of the stuff was covered in dust, most of which probably hadn’t moved since they were carefully placed there. The less things I had on the road, the less anxieties and stress I seemed to accumulate. I am not about to go live in the forest in a magic bus in solitude for the next decade, I’m more just wondering if other everyday people, have thought about all those things that they have? Because I have now learnt I do not need all my belongings, and because of this I don’t feel the urge go and buy even more stuff. Which means I no longer have to work as much to save for more things. This issue is about simplifying things to an extent, finding joy in your surroundings, but most importantly this issue is, as usual, about storytelling. As we feed you our tenth issue and I look back over the past nine issues, it is very apparent that rarely are the best stories about things, they are usually about people.