Minimalism Gave Me The Peace I Was Trying To Buy
I always thought minimalism meant living in an empty apartment with one white chair & one transparent table, that life was not for me.
I spoke about my debt story here http://eatsavelive.com/my-debt-story/.My minimalism journey started after I paid off these huge amounts of consumer debt.
The reason I had so much debt was because I kept buying things to find happiness. The advertisements were flashing in neon lights just how happy I could be if I got the next car, holiday, clothing, accessories, night out or must have item. The problem was there was no happiness to be found, not where I was buying, that is for sure. I grappled for more stuff & noise to fill my life, not understanding I was drowning. This was the opposite of what I was trying to do, surrounded by piles of things, most of which I now disliked or had no use for.
I remember when I started listening to The Minimalists podcast because I was moving house, unpacking box, after box, after box. Moving was such a big task because of all the possessions I owned. It was such a burden managing all this stuff, overwhelming really.
Gradually I started taking better care of myself, I went for long walks listening to advice from the podcasters, I dropped a few vices, and was buying less of the rubbish I usually filled my life with. I started cooking and took more of an interest in those around me. I suppose that was me growing up, by this stage I was in my late 20s.
Now I only have items in my possession that make me happy, or I have a use for. I do not feel the need to fill my life with noise and things for the sake of it. I try to ignore advertisements, but they are everywhere!!! I have discovered meditation, this clears my mental clutter and helps me remember what I really want from life. I used to juggle the people in my life too, trying to accept every invitation and social occasion, I no longer push myself to do this. It is true ‘the people who mind don’t matter and the people who matter don’t mind’.
I now make the most of the time spent with friends & family instead of burning the candle at both ends. I no longer spend my free time clearing up clutter, another welcome change. I have just the right amount of everything I want or need.
A minimalist lifestyle is the whole package, the items in your possession, the thoughts running through your head and all your relationships. By reviewing these areas I am building the life I want to live. Less is more & quality beats quantity. I’m ruthless with my time & efforts because time is the only thing I can’t buy.
Finding Minimalism was a light bulb moment, a turning point in my life. I always thought having more and more would make me happy someday.
It turns out my happiness was buried under the pile of things I had accumulated. All it took was for me clear the path back to what truly makes me happy and brings me joy.
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