Minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean having too little. Instead, it is a way of eliminating what is non-essential in order to focus on what is truly important. Escaping the excesses of the world around us: such as consumerism, material possessions, and clutter. Escaping the idea of having too much, with too little meaning. Thus, a reduction in material possessions is often a consequence of minimalism, not minimalism itself.
We are bombarded by the media promising happiness in materialism
You always need the “greatest”, and “latest”. Happy faces are portrayed as being the result of holding 10 shopping bags. Have you ever heard about someone whose day to day happiness was the result of having bought an entire shop? Or the perfect jumper?
Even if you did, their happiness about these things was probably temporary. This is because when you have the things that you wanted, you start wanting other things. Instead of appreciating what we have, becoming attached to physical things makes us fall into the cycle of wanting more, more, and more.
But why are we never satisfied?
What is it that we need? If we are so full of things, why do we keep feeling empty? The reason that we are never satisfied is because material possessions do not comfort what we really desire in life: non-materialistic things such as experiences, relationships, and feelings of love and happiness.
It is people and experiences what nurture us. Having strong, honest, and enduring relationships. People who enable you to express your deepest dreams, goals, fears, and who motivate you to nurture them. Even simple experiences such as the mere appearance of your favourite song, the uniqueness of the burning fire rays of a sunset at dusk, the taste of your last kiss lingering in your memories, the feeling of the sand and smooth pebbles after an icy swim, buying a single ticket to somewhere you don’t know. Appreciating the moment you are experiencing right now. This is what really makes us feel full.
“NOTHING IS ENOUGH FOR THE MAN TO WHOM ENOUGH IS TOO LITTLE” ― BCE Epicurus
“LIFE IS REALLY SIMPLE, BUT WE INSIST IN MAKING IT COMPLICATED” ― BCE Confucious
So, to sum up, minimalism is to lose attachment to physical things and gain value of non-materialistic things. Now, begin to see happiness as an internalised condition, not as something you have to buy.
Minimalism also allows you to begin to gain an understanding of what matters in your life and what does not matter. Plus, buying less materialistic things will enable you to save money which you can spend on more travelling, YAY!
Less is more.