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Spending time,not money

Many of us say we want to live a less materialistic life,where we prioritise relationships and time over things. So why is it so hard to achieve? Celia Jarvis finds out


Saturday,3pm,and despite my aching muscles and the mosquitoes buzzing around my head,I am exhilarated. I’ve just completed a 10-mile hike through Nigeria’s unspoilt countryside.

Contrary to the images often shown on the news,Nigeria is a beautiful country. The red dusty towns of the north are dramatic,the lush greens of the south are tropical,and the amazing weather creates an abundance of fresh food. For two years,I was lucky enough to work as an English teacher in its remote northern villages.

Initially,I moved to Nigeria with only two suitcases and fully intended to have the rest of my possessions shipped over. But as the weeks went on,I found I was getting on fine without them. In fact,I felt an unmistakable physical lightness having freed myself from the clutter.

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