Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Richness of Minimalism
To me minimalism is a tool that I use to bring more meaning to my life. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, minimalism adds a richness or fullness to my life. It does this by emphasizing what is important to me. I treasure the few material things that I do own, but above all, I treasure the experiences and relationships in my life. I don't want to spend too much time taking care of material things. I feel that minimalism leaves room in my life for a more direct and genuine experience of life.
My personal take on minimalism is resisting the system (our modern consumerist society), placing emphasis on experiences and relationships, having room in my life to pursue interests with passion, and being my true self. I don't have a lot of monthly bills or commitments so I have a little cash left to pursue my true passions - travel and photography. Low financial overhead also means that I'm not tied down to a job that drains all of my energy or sucks the life out of me. I thoroughly enjoy my current job, but if I choose, I could leave at any time. To me that is the definition of being rich. Doing what you want and having enough to share with others.
If you find that you are in a job or position that is excessively draining or makes you unhappy check out my guest post at Blue Collar Workman - 7 Steps to Leaving a Stressful Job.
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