Becoming a minimalist, I could only list up all good things it brings to my life.
Many might misunderstand that minimalist will live a life under strict control, or minimalist will have to compromise our lives with lower quality of lifestyle.
Though I never think minimalism could do any of these to downgrade my lifestyle, I have made a review how minimalism does not downgrade the quality of my lifestyle, instead it upgraded my lifestyle to a different level,
- I only spend little time on shopping, it means I own lesser things,which also means lesser housekeeping work to do => eventually I created more time for myself, and I have done so many things using the time I saved
- Lesser shopping, it means I have saved some money => I use the money I saved on things that bring more happiness to me, I went for classes, went for a retreat, I buy experience rather than things. This has brought me happiness which can last much longer than owning a new clothes or a bag (I totally agree with the study about it, The Atlantic : Buy experience, not things
- I recall some recent happiness that stays in my mind: Talking to my family, meeting my good friends, attending a yoga session, cycling with my friend, attending Japanese class, playing ukulele with my neighbors, going for my personal retreat, nothing involves a procession (not about the money I earned, a thing I bought or I got – They did make me feel happy for a moment, but the happiness never lasted long).
- I always regretted after shopping for clothes/bags, now I spent money on classes/events/activities, I never had a sense of regret, even some times the whole event was not as exciting, I learned something new, and I got to spend time being with friends, and if I was lucky I got to meet new friends
- Because the things I own are getting lesser, I became more mindful on things I own (and will own). I am chasing quality over quantity especially I do not own duplicate, it is better to make sure the only copy I have is the best copy for me
After analyzing, I was sure that minimalist is the lifestyle I should have embraced now, if not earlier.
But is minimalism for everyone? Perhaps some questions will help to determine whether minimalism is for you/I:
- Being a minimalist does not mean you have to compromise the quality of your lifestyle, instead you should feel you are living a greater quality of lifestyle, if adopting a new lifestyle which does not lift up my life, then why should I?
- Being a minimalist is all about simplicity and having lesser, if I never believe ‘less is more’, I would never embrace the lifestyle of minimalism
- Being a minimalist, I will start to have stronger and stronger sense of appreciation on things that I have, people that I love, and I know that is the only way to happiness, if this is not what I truly want living my leftover life, minimalism is not for me
- Being a minimalist, I constantly think of ways to downsize my work, my personal life, so I get to spend more time, energy and money doing things I truly value, if I was not ready for this, I am not adopting minimalism
For me, minimalism is the answer to too many of the stress and confusion of my life.