Conscious Consumption

As I grow older, hopefully I grow wiser too

My youth was focused on consumption, I blew

My hard-earned money on accumulating possessions

Eating out, buying bright new stuff was an obsession

Prevalent consumerism supported these pursuits of mine

I purchased and consumed, per the economists’ designs..


Driven by consumerism, gradually I began to realize

Excessive stuff was a curse in disguise

Leading to a lifestyle unsustainable by design

Encroaching on time and peace of mind

The money I spent on acquisitions could be

Diverted much more meaningfully


Principles of a sustainable lifestyle I have found

There is joy in repurposing things around

There is a sense of accomplishment in cooking from scratch

That restaurant or store-bought prep

meals cannot match

To buy pre-loved (second-hand) clothes

Gives a unique look and also reduces the load

On landfills where our discarded objects are thrown

There is reason to minimize how much we own

Forest bathing may a new-fangled trend be

But the benefits of being outside are intuitive to me

Of course I enjoy wonders made by man

But appreciate natural marvels as much as I can


Conscious consumption is a choice I try to make

The less I own, the less I have at stake

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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