Nights get a little brighter. Lately the skies wait a moment longer before the blackness descends over the rooftops. Birdsong sounds earlier. We feel a little better when the weekly news has one positive story among the bleakness. We tap away at the keys, we talk to each other even when it’s tough, we find ways not only to survive but to thrive in even the heavy and dark nights. Sometimes we forget the simple weekly successes, so keen to move on and on towards brighter times, but it’s important to reflect on the present before we take hold of the future close at hand.
Here’s a rundown of the past week on the minimum man:
Maximalists, Materialists, and Hoarders- Oh My!
On a surface level, the maximalist, materialist, and the hoarder each has something in common with one another: more things than minimalism. Objectively, it can be easy to miss the complex distinctions between these groups. But each of these people has a different reason for their collections, their desire for things, and the ways in which they interact with their possessions. The maximalist enriches their life with carefully curated items, the materialist finds fulfilment and meaning in material goods (sometimes, to their detriment), the hoarder is debilitated by their turbulent and relentless attachment to things, no matter their usefulness or value.
Reflecting on Hoarding
If you have ever been a hoarder, perhaps you, like me, have forgotten much of your old life. Sometimes, it feels hard to leave behind, that urge in your fingertips to click the ‘buy now’ button on your next fleeting obsession. It can be easy to forget that owning so much caused such great burden. Our external realities often reflect our internal realities- our spaces, tangible representations of our minds. Fear keeps us connected to things which no longer serve us, physically or mentally. To prioritise mental decluttering at the same time as physical decluttering is to ensure that we can create progress and make space to live a rich life, full of importance, rather than things.
What are we, if not a complex collage of our life experiences, our feelings, our actions? Self-development relies on a dedication to understanding ourselves, in order to shape our own lives in more healthy ways. To live minimally is not necessarily to redefine our identity, but rather to re-understand our identity. No longer to be based around possessions, identity cards, fragmented pieces of our interests. To shape your identity around the joy of being present, to embrace the moments which aren’t always joyous, to retain compassion, and ultimately to simplify your self-definition by recognising inevitable complexity.
What did your week look like? How do you want next week to look for you?
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