Things I’m Getting Rid of

The author has found a few things he has decided he can live without to simplify his daily life.

Might you be ready to give up some of these (or other) things too?


The smartest, most insightful comment you’ve ever read on Facebook… was still just another 5 minutes wasted on Facebook. And be honest: when was the last time you read something there that was so smart or insightful? Facebook is stealing our lives in 5-minute increments. Facebook is the new smoking.

The need to change people’s minds

It’s taken me 30 years to realize this, but I can’t change anyone’s mind. I have been in a debate about politics with a close friend for 10 years. He hasn’t budged. I’ve used all of my best arguments. I’m sure he has too, but — surprise — I still disagree with him. You know that ridiculous scene in way too many action movies, where one guy empties his gun shooting at his enemy, and when he’s out of bullets he throws the gun? That’s where my friend and I are in this decade-long debate. In fact I probably threw my gun at him back in year six. So what’s the point? Neither of us has anything to show for 10 years of arguing. Well, maybe hypertension. Useless debates are draining our lives in 20-minute increments. Debates are actually a lot like Facebook.

As much stuff as possible

I have an iPhone, an iPad (two, actually), iPods (three, maybe four)… sorry, now I’m mentally counting my computers, hang on…. Enough already. Most of us have our basic needs met. Basic wants too. So now we spend huge portions of our time and energy and mental focus just pursuing more stuff. Stuff is wasting our lives. Like Facebook. And debate. And smoking. So I’m clearing out my house, giving away everything I don’t really need or want.

If all of this sounds crazy, can we just agree to disagree? I doubt I can change your mind.

About the Author

Robbie Hyman is a professional communications and public affairs writer. He has 15 years’ experience writing for nonprofits, small business and multibillion-dollar international organizations and is available as a freelance writer for federal agencies.

Robbie has written thousands of pages of content, including white papers, speeches, published articles, reports, manuals, newsletters, video scripts, advertisements, technical document and other materials. He is also co-founder of, an online course that teaches smart money habits to teenagers.