A few thoughts on minimalism

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1.When you take a sharp look at life, you eventually realize that most things are irrelevant, some things you can live without, and a handful, and only a handful are to die for. Minimalism as a practice is about the last group, as everything else is mostly a waste of time and resources with little to no return on investment.

2.Minimalism looks differently to different people. To attempt to copy someone else’s version is to say that you care deeply about the same set of things they do, which is unlikely. So in a way, minimalism is not a one size fits all philosophy, but more custom-made like a shoe, or tailor-made piece of clothing. Sure we have a general description of how shoes and clothing are supposed to look like, but the details are as personal as they come.

3.In today’s world we often equate happiness to having lots of friends. So just like the many objects we buy and fail to throw away even after realizing we’ll never use them, over time we also pick up acquaintances and “almost friends” we barely talk to, see a few times a year, and don’t like nearly as much as we pretend. We hoard them just like we do with our possessions, but the only difference is that instead of the closet, we have the address book screaming for space. If there is any place the sword of minimalism could have its greatest impact, this is it.

4.The way to a minimalist lifestyle begins with a minimalist mindset. You can only let go of the physical once you let go of it mentally. You can only make physical change once you get closure with its psychological counterpart. It’s mind first and matter second, not the other way around.

5.At the end of the day minimalism is not a cult or a religion, but a tool for self-improvement. There is no point in getting rid of your possessions for the sake of being identified as a minimalist. There is no point in being a minimalist for the sake of being a minimalist. When the sun goes down, and the cards are finally drawn, what do you truly prefer? To be a miserably perfect minimalist, or a blissfully happy and self-accepting “maximalist”? It’s not about owning as much or as little as you can for the sake of owning more or less, but about owning just enough to be happy, with zero regards for labels.

(Bonus) Beware of label thirst, minimalism included; as labels are like spiderwebs, sticky concepts that don’t make room for any flexibility be that physical or intellectual. They keep you stuck in the same place, while providing a false sense of understanding of how the world works. Now you’ve got life figured out, and anything outside your belief system is either wrong or irrelevant. And that’s how you downgrade from the enlightenment that comes from new discoveries, to the ignorance that comes from the rigidity of thought. You want the label so bad that you’re willing to neglect your natural and human need for the truth.

It is all about knowledge and experience 😉
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