Well in short, its living with your personal minimum of possessions.
That’s it as succinctly as possible. Now, there is a lot more to it if you like. So we can talk about that, but I can’t really tell you what it is. I can only tell you what it is to me. You will need to find your own idea of minimalism.
With that, I will talk about what it is to me. To me its freedom. It is relief. Its the final possibility of financial stability that I have sought all my life. Let me explain a little more.
I have a problem. Its called Compulsive Shopping Disorder. People like to joke around and call it being a “Shopaholic” and like its all ‘haha’ but it isn’t. It is actually extremely destructive. And I don’t want to be like that anymore.
I will literally shop myself into overdraft and then continue to buy stuff as long as I have overdraft available. Oh, yes. I will cry and be upset and depressed about the state of my bank account. I will be absolutely miserable as I am unable to pay bills and stuff… so much stuff.. just builds up around me. Cluttering my house and my mind.
But yet, I will still continue to buy things. Its a tricky problem because, well imagine you’re addicted to cocaine, but every day you have to sniff a little bit, just not too much. It would be really hard to deal with your addiction right?
It is the same thing with acceptable addictions like those to food and shopping. Its actually a wonderful social experience to eat good food with each other. Every celebration has some. Imagine if you’re trying to control an addiction to it. It is a lot of fun to go out shopping with your friends, but on top of that, you need to purchase things like groceries and new underwear. But if you have a shopping addiction, well that’s tough.
That is why a dedication to something like minimalism can help you. Its giving in to something higher than yourself. It is not easy and I won’t say I have mastered it. I still struggle. But I can see myself getting better every day and that is what counts, despite my slide backs.
These types of disorders, the ones I have, are related to impulse control. I have trouble controlling impulse. But I want what minimalism can let me have. I want to travel. I want to eat good food in amazing places. I want to see things that make me swoon with awe and I want to hear different languages spoken around me. I want experiences.
If I can reduce what I spend on things, I will have money. I can then use that money to GO places instead of fill my space with shit I don’t really need or want that does not make me happy.
You can check out my blog series here where I basically had a complete nervous breakdown one weekend and just threw myself into this lifestyle. I am a work in progress, but its doing good. Follow that progress on that series!
So as I said, my definition of minimalism is freedom, what’s yours? 🙂
Last modified: December 11, 2020