For almost a year, I call myself a minimalist. If you could see me now, this could sound a little bit strange, because I’m writing this lines at the pool of a five star wellness hotel. Not very minimalistic I hear you say, but that’s the point here. Most people do not know what minimalism really means.
The first mantra, that pops up when you google minimalism is: “Get rid of your stuff.” And – to be honest – I did get rid of most of my stuff and it helped me to become a minimalist. But what really counts is the reason behind this decision. I was not doing this for the sake of owning less, I was doing this to not be distracted by things which I don’t use or love.
For example I used to have a lot of instruments. I had a guitar, a keyboard, a flute, a cajon and a loop pedal. At some point in my life, I learned to play all those instruments just a little bit. But I never enjoyed them so much, that I got good at playing them. So they just stood there in my appartement the last few years silently whispering: “Play me … you payed a lot of money for me, so play me!” This thought was nagging me down until I actively decided: “They don’t bring me joy, so I’m not willing to put any more effort into them – even if it’s just a thought.” Selled them, freed up time, freed up my mind and freed up space in my appartement.
What happened then is, that I had more space, time and money for the things I loved. That’s the reason why I’m sitting on the pool of a five star wellness hotel. Because as a minimalist I’m putting my time, money and efforts only on the things I love. And I love a good holiday 😉
Why would you become a minimalist?