I am a minimalist guy who rides a motorcycle and doesn’t own a car. And I deliberately choose to be so. Owning a car in a city where I am living is not really a convenient choice anymore. Penang is very small and there are way too many cars moving around on this jam-packed island.
To some people a car is a necessity. They need a car to move from point A to point B. But to a single guy like me, it is not a necessity. I am content with using my motorcycle. Plus, I can claim that I leave less carbon footprint if I want to sound like I am keeping in trend with the latest go green fad 🙂
What if some people think I am a pauper? Why can’t this guy afford a car? What does he do?
Right now, all these questions mean nothing to me. If some people want to think of me as having less money, I never take it personally now.
It sounds simple but it is very powerful. Anything somebody else’s say is a reflection of themselves. Or a projection of themselves. This is actually one of the agreements in The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
By not taking anything personally right now, I have less time expending my energy worrying and speculating in my head why some other person is thinking of me in a certain way.
Thank you Don Miguel Ruiz.