Happy Sunday ya'll!
Today's post is on a question I get asked frequently: “What’s it like being a minimalist?” It's the first thing people notice when they first meet me so I don't mind them asking. Plus, there are a lot of things I could say. None of them are rude but I my response is this: “it’s manageable and freeing.” And that’s the honest truth. I tell them that I love the freedom of owning the items I value. That I live for awesome experiences more than buying items I won’t use.
Being a college minimalist means I don’t worry when it comes to buying furniture or decorations. It also means that I borrow things. A lot. But I enjoy doing that because it means that I don’t have to have a permanent commitment to something I won’t use all the time. I also give back whatever I'm borrowing back in good condition (so no worries about any incidents happening).
I believe our culture teaches us that “more is better” when in reality it’s the “quality over quantity.” That is caring about what I will do with the object, where and how it’s made. Essentially answering the question: where is my money is going? Sometimes I can’t spend every dollar on quality items because, well, I need to live. But I do manifest the money so that I can buy those items in the near future.
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only young minimalist out there. This might be due to the fact that most of the minimalists I look up to are in their late twenties to mid-thirties. But I also know that I am not the only one.
Honestly though, I didn’t know how to answer this question at first. It was daunting and scared the life out of me. When people asked, it sounded as if they were concerned for my well-being. The reality was that I chose this lifestyle. I made this decision because I realized that I was holding on to some major emotional baggage. Baggage from a person I didn’t even recognize. To put things nicely, minimalism helped me grow out of my “angry teenager” phase. I realized that there was more to live for than the next movie or an impossible body type. That there is life to be lived.
In a way, I found myself again. I found an inner peace and presence that I didn’t have before. I realized that I had the power to do whatever I wanted to do. That I can change my life at any moment of the day. I found the things that were important to me and my life. Yes it was a big change for my family as they had never heard of the term "minimalist." But I believe it’s helped them in their own life journeys. I noticed that they’ve gotten rid of their own items they don’t use anymore. I found that living in the moment and trusting what the universe had to offer was more valuable than anything I could’ve ever hoped for.
But like I said before, I feel free. I believe in my self-worth and intelligence. Yes, my mental health gets the best of me sometimes but I work through it. Living this lifestyle forces me to work through those issues rather than ignoring them.
All in all, I am a content minimalist. I’m not saying that I am better than anyone else (because trust me I’m not). I’m just like everybody else. This lifestyle might not be everybody’s cup of tea but it’s definitely mine. I love the idea of living in an outdoorsy area and traveling in-between. I even have plans of building a tiny house where I can live and create more valuable content on this blog.
This post was short but I hope ya’ll liked it! Have a great day and love yourself.