We always have the option to choose less. Less consumption, less money, less purchasing, less of the rat race, less artificial status, less frenzied pace. So that we gain more. More time, more rest, more meaning, more joy, more fulfillment, more simplicity. More of what actually matters.
I still don't understand why more people don't make this exchange. Less for more. It's possible. It's doable. But it's counter-cultural. Most people can't walk to a different reality than the predominant cultural voice, even if it's a truer one.