I used to think minimalism equaled austerity. And while the idea of living like that held an appeal, I knew it wasn't possible for me. I have a guy. I have a cat. I like tech gadgets. I like being comfortable and so do they.
Living in a sparsely furnished apartment with little to distract sounds wonderful. But it isn't practical to the life I lead. And so minimalism was something I never took too seriously.
Though I've wanted to declutter. For years I've tried to pare down my possessions to an amount that made me feel "okay." But no matter what I did I was never able to reach "okay."
But upon rediscovering minimalism thanks to The Minimalists, I've learned that there is no hard and fast rule. I don't have to live someone else's minimal. I have to live my own.
And so I've been able to apply certain principles and come up with my own to create something that is workable. I've been able to recognize that decluttering is only a small part of the process which is why I've failed so often in the past. I've been able to set goals - a necessity for someone goal-oriented - to help keep me focused and give me something to strive for.
And I've been able to come up with what I call My Minimal.
My Minimal is a space that's free of clutter, free of items that are not used regularly or are unnecessary to have on hand.
My Minimal is a space that's surrounded by the things I enjoy looking at but one where every item has both form and function.
My Minimal is a space that doesn't have excess in the event of "what if."
My Minimal is a space that doesn't contain items from the past that are an emotional burden or are emotionally painful.
My Minimal is a mind free of mental clutter, free of worry about my things and other thoughts that aren't meaningful.
My Minimal is a life that is filled with moments and experiences worth remembering instead of time spent consuming things that are meaningless and stressing over things I have no control over.
My Minimal is a life stripped down to its most fundamental elements and built back up with only those people and things that add to my existence.
My Minimal is an existence where I am accepting of self, accepting of others, and accepting of the fact that in the universe my concerns are infinitesimal.
I am a long way from living My Minimal but at least, finally, now I am on my way.
To be continued...