Every day we hear and see hundreds of commercials that are meant to persuade us to buy more and more, telling us that our lives are not complete or perfect enough without that particular item. Consumption is encouraged now more than ever before and we constantly buy things we don’t need or like just to keep up with the trends. In this mindless race, we are fooled that we can find happiness and fill that void by purchasing more material stuff.
Consequently, we are stressed all the time, putting immense pressure on us. We lose sense of our true selves and we forget what a meaningful life should look like. Instead of focusing on self-improvement, we are more concerned about complying with social expectations. The illusion that our lives should be perfect and the comparison with what we see on social media is frustrating us. Conformity is killing people and their authenticity, transforming this world into a shallow place, full of the same old pattern. You don’t need validation from someone to live your life.
How I discovered minimalism and how it changed my life
It all started with the Minimalism documentary that I watched on Netflix about a year ago. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are the amazing creators behind this Documentary About the Important Things. That was the first time I bumped into the concept of minimalism and I must say that it had a tremendous impact on my life.
I started looking for more videos on YouTube about minimalism and numerous stories of people becoming minimalists. I watched how all those people changed their lives by living with less and for the first time I realized that I was searching for happiness in the wrong place. Purchasing more stuff didn’t add more value to my life and for sure it didn’t make me happier, but more discontent and superficial.
I really thought minimalism is an extreme and boring way of living but since I’ve started to accept that true happiness can only be achieved internally, I’ve changed my perspective completely. To be a minimalist doesn’t mean that you must live with a certain number of possessions. It’s rather meant to help you ,, eliminate life’s excess, focus on the essentials and find happiness, fulfillment and freedom.”
The benefits of minimalism
Getting rid of things may be a tough challenge, especially if you are emotionally attached to them. But if that particular item brings you value and it’s really important to you, keep it. Minimalism just helps you to live purposefully and change the relationship you have with the things you own.
But how can less be more? Less stress, less stuff, less debt, less discontent will eventually help you have more time, more money, more freedom. Minimalism is supposed to make you live deliberately and every choice that you make should bring value to your life. It’s supposed to help you focus on the important things in life in all this chaos, on paying attention to the people that matter, on living a passionate life. You will start looking for a greater purpose, improving your relationships and life overall.
I hope this article was eye-opening and you will finally start living life purposefully.