Does your stuff own you? Are you so trapped by the boat, SkiDoo and the mortgage that you couldn't even think about chasing a risky dream? What about the fancy china you received as a wedding gift and have never actually never used?
It seems like this country has a consumption problem. I'm struck by how few people are on board with less is more. I'm totally there. It's part utility caused by my transient lifestyle, and it's part an attempt to live simple and be happier. Following the American dream of the deferred life means, if you are (conventionally) successful, at some point the stuff you own starts to own you. Requiring your constant attention, be it time or finances - likely both. Ridding yourself of non-essentials will of course free up more time and more finances. "Making room for the good stuff". Have the basics and get rid of the rest. Trust me, it feels good.
This video is what inspired this post. It's pretty spot on.
Also check out this piece called "Living in a Pop-up Tent Trailer in Baja Mexico".