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Published on: 2021-04-27

If we were talking about cars, downsizing would be a trendy word to fit in the discussion. It is the deliberate choice to reduce the engine size to try to lower the fuel consumption and/or emissions by using a turbocompressor.

Reducing the use of resource is a noble goal. The usage of a turbocompressor implies, in my opinion, to optimize things to make the most of what we have. Is it a pro or a con? I can't decide yet. Optimizing to me is not a solution, downgrading is though.

So instead of downsizing, I focus now on downgrading my lifestyle.

Crazy pandemic world

Unsure from where you read this, but in Canada, housing prices are going up like crazy in many, many areas, including Quebec. I really don't like that trend because it is the worst of capitalism. The strong increase in prices push people to work up until their funeral just to pay of a roof for their family, while a small portion of the modern society benefits from their wealth to surf on a big wave of fake opportunism.

Because I feel like I'm going to be screwed soon, downgrading my needs and wants are the only way.

Housing, but also everything else

Prices of almost everything are going up. Bicycles, food, car, luxury items, telecom services, fuel, electronics, etc.

Where I decided to downgrade is in sport. I used to want high-end stuff because it worth it. My primary road bike used to retail brand-new at CA$4500. I didn't pay half of this for it since I purchased it second hand, but still, it is a lot of money just to flash your superiority to all your neighbours. I downgraded to a bike that retails at $1100 (a Kona Penthouse, which I paid $850 including taxes. No longer I want/need a more expensive bike. I will invest the money and won't look back.

Regading bikes, I also decided to quit the mountain biking hobby since it is way too expensive and risky for my well-being, after a few crashes in the last years. The bike I paid $4400 (crazy shit, right?), well, I was stuck with it for months. I finally found a buyer at $3650. Anyhow, that is a great example of the lifestyle inflation I had recently. Now, all I want is to downgrade and stop spending useful money on expensive commodities.

Want less, need less

The less you own, the less you have to take care of.

The less you own, the less you have to replace.

The less you own, the less money you need to earn.

The less you own, the more time you have for other things (and people).

I'm not trying to deprivate myself, just to focus on the important things in life. If it doesn't add value in my life, I pass.

This is in direct link with a previous article in French: Vivre plus, besoin de moins
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