Living off the Clutter of Others

One thing that attracted me to the nomad lifestyle, in particular, is how it presupposes minimalism.

Wherever I go, people are always surprised at how small my luggage is.

In Asia, I carry 3 t-shirts, 2 shirts, 3 pairs of pants, 1 pair of shoes, 4 pairs of socks, 4 underwears, and a blazer for whenever it gets cold. I never fail to bring a tie and a waistcoat. There is always a good reason to suit up when you travel. When I stay inside I use a sports shirt and a pair of shorts. Except for clothes, the only thing I need is my laptop and some electronics.

What I carry fits in a medium-sized bag, and I like it this way.

Anything else I need is at reach. From my rented apartment/hotel room. From the grocery shop by the street. From locals.

I live off the clutter of others.

One could say, I live like a cockroach.

To me, it's a compliment. Cockroaches can withstand any environment thanks to their adaptative nature. Similarly, I think it's important to learn to live with less. It forces you to adapt. Only those who can adapt quickly can survive and strive.

What happens to the individual who trained himself to carry on with his life, no matter the place?

He becomes the freest man on earth, or as Kipling said:

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!