Imagine a life of less. Less clutter, less distractions, less emotional stress, less financial strain, less decisions to make, less discontent.
Now imagine a life of more. More time, more freedom, more space, more savings, more meaningful relationships and so much more.
How does it feel? Great, right? A lot of times we feel the need to justify our being or our purpose. We often look up to getting the latest material, the trending fashion, the newest gadget, only to satisfy our social status. To feel like “we are up to standard”, that we are acceptable “we belong”, that we are not among “the left behind”. But is that what we are really meant for? Isn’t our purpose greater than that, to live a meaningful life. We are made to believe that the more stuff we have the better we are or the happier we become but that is purely wrong. Stuff -material- can’t equate to happiness.
People are afraid of missing out
Minimalist is a label I proudly wear because it is one that frees me from the constraints of what is normal or rather what is expected of me “To live the dream.” But will I really be living the dream when I’m barely happy? Loans, missing out on the most important things like family and friends…. These do not sound like happy.
Minimalism is not a radical lifestyle! I highly believe in quality over quantity. I would rather spend a fortune on something durable that will make me happy for longer, than spend on something that will keep me going back to buy the same thing over and over and end up having a dozen of that same thing.
It is not about the numbers
People restrain themselves from minimalism because they believe that it is all about the numbers. Having 100 items, or living by project 333 which is very interesting but that is not what minimalism is all about. It varies from one person to another depending on the interests and lifestyles. A young single minimalists’ lifestyle will be different from a married with kids minimalist because these two individuals have different objectives and priorities in life.
It is not about the colors
The greatest myth of all time about being a minimalist is about the color scheme. A lot of people I’ve talked to about minimalism believe that you have to forego color to be a minimalist. I believe that a lot of minimalists prefer being monochromatic but that is a personal life desire. White, grey and black. Right, the perfect minimalistic color scheme. I believe that these colors are appealing and that is why I am more inclined to grey and black. They are appealing to me. I know people who are minimalists but they don’t have a color theme or anything. If those pink and blue shorts make you happy, by all means, wear them.
It is not about just getting rid of stuff
Minimalism is about more than just de-cluttering, getting rid of huge collections, organizing. All these are a part of minimalism because they are an ingredient to living a life where you create more space for your financial freedom, creating a clutter free space. I like looking at it in terms of what I’m gaining rather than what I’m losing. In some sense we hardly lose anything because the greater course is creating a meaningful, purposeful life.
This post have been inspired by MINIMALISM a documentary about the important things By The Minimalists