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MINIMALISM :The Beauty of Simplicity

Defining Minimalism

When you think of Minimalism, you likely think of getting rid of stuff, not buying anything new, and living in a small white room with no furniture or pictures on the wall.

This COULD be true, but in most cases it’s not.

It’s important to understand that the reduction of physical possessions is often a RESULT of Minimalism, not Minimalism itself. Just giving away a bunch of things doesn’t make you a Minimalist, any more than buying a statue of Buddha makes you a Buddhist or doing yoga makes you healthy. It’s one aspect of the whole, for sure, but you needn’t partake if that’s not where your priorities happen to be. There are always other options.

And that’s what’s important to establish here: priorities.

What Minimalism is really all about is reassessment of your priorities so that you can strip away the excess stuff – the possessions and ideas and relationships and activities – that don’t bring value to your life.

Once you are able to say with absolute certainty ‘This is important to me. My Little Ponies are my life and being involved with them is what makes me want to get up in the morning,’ you should invest more time and effort into your collection.

When they really start to think about it, though, most people realize that the physical things they own are not the most important parts of their lives.

If you can take a day and really dedicate yourself to focusing on what’s important, you’ll likely identify a whole slew of things that are more important than accumulating physical goods, and if this is the case, it could be time to start slimming down your haul.

My Minimalistic Tendencies

When I started deep-diving into my real hopes and dreams, I realized that what I really craved and wasn’t getting living in LA was a sense of adventure and constant change. I THRIVE on the exhilaration of adventure and risk and building things, and mostly I was only doing the latter-most of these activities.

It was time to refocus and reposition myself so that I would be able to fully-invest in my passions.

For me, getting rid of all the crap I’d accumulated was as much a symbol of my transition as a part of it. As soon as I started slimming down the closets and wardrobe, I thought ‘this is real…I’m really doing it.’ This thought can be just as important as the realization that something needs to change, because it reinforces that you have the power to change your destiny.