There is change in the air. Something is happening to the way normal people like you and me are living their lives. A lifestyle change so simple, yet proven effective, has begun weaseling its way back into the lives of many people from all over the world.
The minimalist lifestyle has become quite the topic of conversation as a new generation of humans begin to realise that acquisition doesn’t necessarily have to be your ultimate goal. An ever-growing percentage of millennials seemingly have other things in mind as we begin to question why a life void of living your passion in order to satisfy a predetermined consumerist narrative is seen as the modern day norm.
But, what does being a minimalist actually mean?
According to google it’s a “movement in sculpture and painting which arose in the 1950s”, however I’m pretty sure there’s a completely different and far more relevant definition of the word.
In short being a minimalist means finding the most important things in your life and investing most of your time into these things. The majority of the time you realise that most physical things aren’t exactly what you need and therefore become unnecessary in your day to day life.
It’s about asking yourself: what brings me value and what is REALLY important to me? Do I REALLY need this? Does all of this make me as productive and happy as I could be? It’s not about sacrifice, it’s about understanding that letting go of the unneeded will allow you to focus on more important things.
Learning to live without the unnecessary has had unmistakably profound results on the way I live my life. No, I don’t live in a wooden cabin out in the wilderness, cooking my tiny meals on a home made stove in the darkness and using nothing but a bush as an outdoor bathroom. There are obviously varying degrees at which minimalism is embraced and although some people may, I choose not to go to that extreme.
A lot of people might say: well what a stupid idea that one is! Why would I choose not to buy all the things that have been made readily available to me? I have worked hard and therefor I can live the way I want to! This is something I cannot argue with. You absolutely have the right to live however you wish, however most people are unaware of the benefits of living a life of minimalism.
Here are my 8 reasons for why I chose a life of minimalism….
A healthier mindLess things to clutter your mind provides you with a great opportunity to work on your mindset. “What am I going to buy today?” quickly turns into “What am I going to learn today?”
Understanding your purposeHow the hell are you supposed to work on your own purpose if your focus is on trivial bullshit that doesn’t allow you to learn and grow? Eliminating this will allow you to be inspired by how important you can be.
MoneyThis is an obvious one. Less money spent on stuff equates to more money in your pocket. How else you choose to spend your money, whether it be on travel or education, is up to you.
LifestyleLess commitments will free up your time and allow you to do things you truly want to do. Doing things suddenly becomes more enjoyable than buying things.
Building better relationshipsWhether it be your love life or simply friendship, minimalism will allow you to spend more time with a loved one, create new friends and keep in contact with existing ones.
Confidence is keyWithout the comfort of having your fancy house, car, phone, clothes and/or Olympic sized swimming pool do the talking for you, you will become unbelievably strong minded and able to focus on only the things that allow you to become awesome.
Helping othersFreeing your mind will also provide time for you to help others free their own. How are you suppose to be able to help someone else see what’s best for them if you don’t have the time to see what’s best for you?
Travel, travel, travelLiving out of a suitcase becomes the easiest thing in the world. You’ll quickly learn that the experience is infinitely more valuable than what you’ve crammed into your suitcase.
Disagree? Let me know why in the comments section below.