“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art.” —Richard Holloway
What is that thing?
That simplicity, clarity and singleness is minimalism. I share the same answer that some people could say about what is minimalism, so for me and others in a simple explanations: “I am intentionally trying to live with only the things I really need”.
People who dismiss minimalism as some sort of fad usually mention any of the above “restrictions” as to why they could “never be a minimalist.” Minimalism isn’t about any of those things, but it can help you accomplish them. If you desire to live with fewer material possessions, or not own a car or a television, or travel all over the world, then minimalism can lend a hand. But that’s not the point.
Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.
That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately.
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, the duo began pursuing the minimalist lifestyle in 2010. After experiencing significant improvements in their quality of life as a result of adopting and practicing the tenets of minimalism, the pair launched a website in December 2010 to share their experiences, for they “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom”.
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary.
How minimalism can help to you?
First of all, minimalism is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentionality. At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a life that forces intentionality. And as a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life.
Minimalism can help you…
- Eliminate your discontent
- Reclaim your time
- Live in the moment
- Pursue your passions
- Discover your missions
- Experience real freedom
- Create more, consume less
- Focus on your health
- Grow as individuals
- Contribute beyond yourselves
- Rid yourselves of excess stuff
- Discover purpose in your lives
About my personal experience living far away of my country and trying to build a new life in a new country with many cultural differences and different language, sometimes work, make money and have things becomes harder and occasionally staying at home to save as much money as I can. I have always thought I lived without much stuff but after watching that documentary I have realized this is not entirely true. My possessions are confined to my room and I have so far thrown out 4 garbage bags of old papers/junk, I am donating to good will, and I still have more to get through. I feel lighter in doing this and it’ll save me time down the road when I move out.
I took minimalism as my personal style.