What’s the purpose of minimalism?
Is it to have beautiful, white-walled living rooms housing a single chair and a plant in the corner? A cursory study of minimalism teaches us that it goes far beyond aesthetic.
Is it to reduce our belongings in order to increase efficiency and reduce clutter and consumption? Yes, and no.
The true purpose of minimalism is to reduce the noise in our lives so that the important things can be heard. It’s the path by which we try to eliminate distractions in order to focus on living a meaningful life.
If you’ve embraced the message of minimalism, it’s virtually impossible to stop with decluttering, declare your life “minimized” and continue living the same way that you were living previously. Once you realize your purpose and clear the path, there’s nothing standing in the way of your goals but you.
When I first discovered minimalism, I found that I was really good at letting go of my stuff. I could easily donate mountains of clothing without a second thought, shred old school papers without worry, and even let go of sentimental items without guilt. The place where I struggled was in realizing that my path was not leading where I wanted to go, and having the courage to shed an identity that I had cultivated for years.
Had I not discovered minimalism, I might have never had the guts to leave my career as a lawyer in order to follow my passion and become a high school band director. Without understanding what it meant to live an intentional life, I might have chosen to stay in a track that didn’t bring me fulfillment or happiness in order to keep the status quo and do what was expected.
Minimalism taught me to live fearlessly, and if you allow the fundamental principles of minimalism to permeate your life, not just your home, it can change your approach to life as well. I’ve shared my story and the lessons I’ve learned over at No Sidebar, and I’d love for you to follow me over for the full article!
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