As Minimal as Possible

Life

I have a closet full of clothes, but I only wear one shirt and the same skirt. I rarely wear pants unless I’m tired of not being able to sit however I want. The rest of my wardrobe is taking up space. I have drawers full of t-shirts. A few are leftover from high school because I can’t seem to let go. There are boxes full of sentimental, hand written cards that people have given me for special occasions. They date back to middle school. Most of my room is full of decorations.

I recently watched a documentary on Minimalism, a movement to live with less.

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Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less; rather, we focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. More freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room. –The Minimalists

It’s powerful. As soon as I finished watching this eye-opening documentary, I immediately began to purge all of the things I didn’t need. I keep purchasing all of these things that only take up space and make my bank account cry (I also cry because I’m always broke.) I have all of these wonderful things such as nice clothes, a beautiful camera, this macbook I’m typing on, and a truck that eats gas but also gets me where I need to be. I should be happy right? Wrong. Something’s missing. I should be content with what I have, yet I keep longing for more unnecessary things.

It’s powerful. As soon as I finished watching this eye-opening documentary, I immediately began to purge all of the things I didn’t need. I’m highly considering living this lifestyle. Some of my friends think I’m crazy for trying all these different things. I was vegetarian for two months for health reasons, but I missed Chick-Fil-A too much. Plus I was a terrible vegetarian and ate only french fries. I was a health nut for years and didn’t eat ANYTHING unless it was healthy, which annoyed most of my friends. I tried being gluten-free. I went organic for a while but also went broke. I have reasonable explanations for jumping these “bandwagons.” After experimenting, I finally realized that if I’m going to be living on this earth, I might as well make the most of it by taking care of myself. I want to live a quality life without having all these goods and materials making me temporarily happy.

Even with all of these things, I feel empty, hopeless, and tired.

I’m choosing to live in simplicity. Now this does not mean I will not buy anything I want nor  will throw away everything I own. I will still buy the things I want but only out of necessity and utility. So far I am only buying all the food and all the coffee, which still doesn’t help. (LOL) I don’t want to be rich in things that pertain to the world. I want to be rich in the intangible things. Love. Experiences. Friendships.

Most of the anxiety and worry that I have is unnecessary. I am a worry wart. There’s a certain amount of worry we need to have in order to respond to situations. The rest of the worry is unnecessary. It only makes us more stressed. This is one way to be as minimal as possible. Focus on what you’re worrying about, target it, and ask yourself, “Is this useful?” Will it matter the next day? In a week? A month?

I asked my friend if she thought I was crazy. She told me no. She told me that I needed stability and to focus on a goal. There’s no such thing as balance or stability, but if I can create a sense of it and believe that I am, then I will do just that. Face it. All that we own will fade away. I don’t want to live on this earth broke and unhappy. I want to be rich in all things good to be able to receive the incorruptible crown that is ahead.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you –I Peter 1:3-4

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