Some weeks we question what we know, we try to find new ways of thinking. To break free from the old ways, to forge new paths. New landscapes necessitate new paths, some days we have to cut free the ties which bind us to things which no longer serve us. But always, when we do this we must do so with grace, with gratitude for what has come before, and what it has taught us. To move forward, with adequate reflection, yet with focus on the present path, is to truly progress.
Here are some highlights from this week on the minimum man:
Questioning Material Minimalism
The aesthetic concepts of minimalism- counting possessions, finding just the right floorboards for the flatlay shot. Making sure that the bookshelf has the correct books, and that you’ve read the quota of self-development books for the year. Sometimes minimalism seems to centre around material goods as much as materialism itself. It becomes about how many things we have, how ‘minimal’ our things appear to be. It becomes about this image of minimalism, drifting strangely between monochrome fabrics and wooden surfaces. Ikea shelving units and cups of coffee. We must question where minimalism stops, and where yet more desire for a specific aesthetic begins.
Thoughts on Coexisting with Hoarders
Can a minimalist coexist with a hoarder? That simple lifestyle, amidst the chaos of belongings and the overwhelm of too much.
The temptation to preach a life of less to those who tend to keep more. Minimalism isn’t about changing the opinions of others, no part of minimalism states that everyone around you must also abide by a minimalist lifestyle. Yet, once we experience the privileges and benefits of minimalism, it can be difficult to let go of the desire to change others- the facade that we might be able to improve their lives. The reality is that it is the sole responsibility of any individual to change their own life, to choose their own path. Of course, we can provide positive influence, and demonstrate the positive impact of minimalism in practice, but it can’t be forced.
Luxury. That vague and alluring mist, not quite graspable, no matter how far we reach for it. Luxury is an unreal quality, solely created by the value which we place on an item or experience by how ‘exclusive’ that thing is. To reconsider what luxury might be, to recognise that free time, experiences with friends, and happiness in the present, are all luxuries- that is the way towards freedom. No designer bag, or luxury resort, can grant you the headspace which a minimal mindset can. There is a place for what is conventionally considered luxury- but that place is not at the top of the pyramid where it is currently placed.
What have your highlights of the past week been?
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