I think I had this connection with minimalism since I started to realize myself as an adult person. I always tried to get rid of things that were bothering my focus on reach my goals, I just didn’t know there was a term for that. Then Sweden happened in my life. I started to realize that people here were different, it seems they can take decisions easily and they seem so light in terms of balance their lives. So I started to dig in about the Swedish culture and this word, "minimalism", began to show up so often that it took my attention, and I began to research it. I ended up finding this documentary on Netflix. I watched it, and it was mind-blowing! I finally connected all points in my mind. For years I was doing many minimalist things to my lifestyle without knowing that term. It was crazy.
What is minimalism?
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. - theminimalists.com
It doesn't make sense to describe the full concept here, this is not the idea of this post, but if you are interested in learning more, I advise you to start on theminimalists.com/start.
I also recommend you to read the following books:
- Everything That Remains: A Memoir (by The Minimalists)
- Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life (by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus)
- Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (by Cal Newport)
It's simple! I want to be rich! No, I am not only talking about this kind($) of richness. I am talking about having more time to enjoy life with people I really want to, doing things I really want to and turn my decision process simpler.
The minimalist approach helps me to reach that. Having fewer things to worry about, fewer things to consume and fewer things to demand my actions or decisions. Then I will start to create an environment that has no dependencies, fears of losing stuff or that sense that I need more than 24 hours a day to complete my tasks. I have to say, it might be difficult for some people but you can do it if you really want to.
I am even incorporating the minimalist approach in my professional career and it has been great so far (I will detail more about it in the next posts).
How did I start?
This is how I did; I've started with the most basics.
Getting rid of everything I don't really need or used just once (clothes, electronics, material stuff in general);
Getting rid of everything that consumes your time and makes you don't produce anything valuable (time limit to interact on social media - about 20 min during the day);
Saying "no" for things that I'm not interested in.
With only these points I managed to get more time to myself, save money, read more books, start out this blog and start to plan my own podcast.
I am not saying you should get rid of everything as you might read on someone else's posts, but I am saying that you can get rid of everything that bothers you, sucks your life and time, and doesn't bring value to you (material things, people, jobs, etc.). To say "no" is not that bad; it's part of the game, you have to choose your path and control your life instead of outsourcing your decision to destiny. I think minimalism is more a thing you incorporate in yourself and develop along the time.