Just because the world revolves around the accumulation of material possessions doesn’t mean it should.
Possessions aren’t the source of joy in life and just because someone has more things than you don’t mean you have to follow their example. What if you had to carry all your possessions around for the rest of your life? Suddenly those 20 pairs of shoes don’t seem so important (but I love shoes!).
The lifestyle of a minimalism appeals to me because I like to keep it simple.
Today’s prompt for the 30 Day Blog Challenge is right up my ally!
Could you live a minimalist lifestyle? Why or why not? OR What does minimalism mean to you in the context of your ideal lifestyle?
To me being a minimalist means not collecting material possessions but focusing in what is really important in life. The knowledge of who I am and how I will bring value to others’ lives.
I once stayed with an Indian tribe for 24 hours.
They were some of the most contented people I’d ever met. They lived on a hill beside a river which could be accessed by a 40 minute canoe ride. They didn’t have wi-fi or bills but they were blessed with community. They lived off the land and barely even wore clothes but they were excellent cooks. Their homes were platforms made of wood just high enough off the ground to keep the dogs and other rodents out. They went to bed when it grew dark because there was no electricity but we work up at sunrise because the sky was beautiful. I woke up inked with their unique paint, ink made from a root which protects from the sun. I felt like one of them and thought I could stay for a while.
My idea home base is a loft in the sky with a fantastic view. It will only be around 1,000 square feet because I don’t need a lot of space. Don’t get me wrong, I love having things but the storage and sorting and organization just take too long. Plus the fewer things I have lying around at home, the less cleaning I’ll have to do! (That was my plan all long, clean less, do more fun stuff!)
The minimalist lifestyle makes it easy to pick up and move to a different location.Being a minimalist means I’ll be flexible and ready to go at a moment’s notice. As a matter of fact my suitcase is ready for the next adventure.
What does being a minimalist mean to you? Leave an answer in the comment section below!