Right now I am nestled on top of a down comforter that is on top of a down featherbed that is on top of a queen sized bed, buried back into 2 down pillows, 1 synthetic pillow and 2 down throw pillows. I am looking out my giant picture window of a new apartment building where just a walk down the hall and a few stairs I have access to a pool, hot tub, theatre room, gym, tanning, billiards, video games, coffee/tea and just a stone’s throw from an outdoor shopping district. There is an ampitheatre for live music outside my door with a giant fountain and gorgeous landscape. “Luxury Living” is what my apartment’s motto is. And it is. Very very luxurious.
Interestingly enough, I have always had this secret dream. A dream very different from luxury. My secret dream has always been to live in a trailer park. High aspirations, some may say with an eye roll. Some people are good at coming up with their own ideas…not me. I’m an Idea Stealer. So this secret dream was not really truly my own idea. As a senior in high school I remember watching a video on the late Rich Mullins. He was a talented and famous musician who made extravagant amounts of money. But he knew “human nature”. He knew that if he let himself hold the mindset that the money was his own, he would use it selfishly. So what he did is had his paychecks sent to his church, and only be sent a small paycheck of what the average lower-class American citizen made at that time. He lived in a trailer off of that money. He gave away the little he had. He could relate to the poor and the poor could relate to him. I think that’s what Christ did.
In the book Blue Like Jazz, there is the true story of a girl who did not buy herself clothes for 1 year. She didn’t do this to shout it from the rooftops or to point fingers at people who did buy clothes…she simply was a walking test model of what it looks like to let go of human nature. The nature that we actually NEED things that we don’t need. My vision has become blurry throughout 27 years in this culture. Its hard for me to know the difference between my needs and my wants anymore. So, as a self-proclaimed “Idea Stealer” I plan to embark on a similar journey this next year.
I love Target. I love walking very slowly up and down aisle after aisle of pretty NEW things. I heart REI…mmmm, I loooove the feel of a shiny new air pump for my bike. Or plastic containers to organize all my new things – those are so great. A brand spanking new bathroom towel…ahhhh. So cozy. And don’t even get me started on expensive haircuts. (smile and a sigh) But I walk past people every day that cannot afford what I call my “human nature”. August 2008-August 2009 goodbye “brand new ______”. For a year, spending money on the “brand new” will no longer be. Clothes. Decor. Gear. Jewelry. Gifts. Organizers. Socks. Books. Haircuts. Greeting cards. If I can’t buy it used, borrow it from someone else, make it or barter for it: then I don’t need it.
It’s about time I got into the stripping business. Human Nature…prepare to be stripped.