Since I embraced the challenge to start living a simpler life and becoming a minimalist (no, I’m still not there yet) I learned many new things. I discovered a whole new way of living. A way of living that makes me happy, because it leaves me in charge of my own life and allows me to share with others.
Less than two months ago, I found this donating network in my own area, where you can give things you don’t want or need anymore to others, and receive things that you do want or need. For free. I’ve been lucky enough to receive lots of clothes for myself and my daughters, and won’t be needing any more clothes for quite a while yet.
I’ve also been able to help others in need with things we don’t use anymore. Only recently, I gave quite some superfluous furniture to a single mother of two, who had to start over.
If you’ve ever helped a neighbour in need, I’m sure you’ll know how good it feels to be able to give. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
But there’s more. Lots more. You can share your car with neighbours. Or maybe you need a ladder and your neighbour’s got one you can borrow for a couple of hours. Or you cold help out by looking after their cat when they’re on holiday. These may be little things, but they all add up, and add to both your happiness and theirs.
Now imagine a world where you wouldn’t go to the takeaway when you didn’t feel like cooking, but went to one of your neighbours to collect a wholesome, homemade meal instead? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
I know I’d love it. I also know I’d love to be able to share my own food with others.
And here’s the good news: This is already possible.
Today, I signed up with this wonderful new online cooking platform Shareyourmeal, which started in the Netherlands, but brings homecooks and foodies together worldwide.
I think I’m going to love being a homecook on Shareyourmeal, and being able to share my food with others in my neighbourhood. I can hardly wait to get started!
What? You still need more inspiration?
That’s okay. Because one of the founders of Shareyourmeal did a Ted Talk, so here you go:
I hope you will, like me, discover the power of sharing and the enjoy the happiness it brings.