What is Minimalism?
Minimalism: the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. - Joshua Becker
At its heart, minimalism is owning only what you need and love. It’s being intentional with the way you live your life and only allowing what aligns with your most important values to take up your space and your time. It’s the practice of contemplating why you own the things you do and being mindful of new items you bring into your space, causing you to consider what brings you happiness. You start noticing what friends you enjoy hanging out with, what activities you actually hate, what apps you waste your time on. Creating a space that you love spirals into creating a life you love.
Few Americans live a minimalist lifestyle because we live in a consumerist society. We are constantly bombarded by advertisements telling us that we are not good enough, but that if we buy this thing we will be. To pay for our perceived happiness we work long hours, often doing jobs we don’t even enjoy. We become hurried, rushed, stressed. As a society we constantly chase perfection but our efforts only create insatisfaction. Tuning out the status quo and focusing on only what makes you truly happy allows you to be content in a society that tells you not to be.