Over the past few months, I felt an inkling that something was wrong with my minimalism journey. Buying nothing this year was taking its toll and I had started to notice the lack of ‘things’ in my life. I felt like I was living through a hardship, a test, a toil. In short, minimalism was causing me to feel deprived.
It would be all too easy to blame minimalism, wouldn’t it? That buying nothing for a long period of time is unsustainable. That minimalism is an extreme. That I should feel bad because minimalism isn’t normal. Society is right. We need to buy stuff.
Yes, that would be the easy way.
The other extreme would be to blame myself. But that’s not right either. Minimalism isn’t at fault for my struggling mood, and no, neither am I.
We can choose the way in which we view any challenge, or any approach to life. Sometimes, our brain plays tricks on us and pulls down a filter over our eyes, causing us to perceive something in a different way. But we can re-adjust and remove that filter. We can look at things from the outside again. We can refresh our viewpoint.
Minimalism isn’t an exercise in deprivation. In fact, by removing one thing from focus, we open the floodgates for millions more experiences. It’s not a life of lack. It’s a life of richness. We just need to redefine what richness means to us.
Everything in our society is geared towards the consumer. No wonder we get distracted and affected by the pull from time to time. It’s not a bad thing, not at all. It’s just a thing. We just continue to flow and sway and let it wash over us. Minimalism isn’t the be all and end all. We can choose to what degree we apply it in our lives, and to what areas.
We can choose to see minimalism as a hardship. Or we can choose to see it as an expression of freedom, a freedom that we are so lucky to be able to choose to experience. By re-adjusting that inner view, a calmness has space to settle once again. The needy feeling of lack is cut loose, floating away to be replaced by something much, much bigger. Experience. Colour. Space. Freedom.
Minimalism is all of these things and much, much more. It isn’t deprivation, far from it. Minimalism helps us to create the space for limitless, technicolour experiences. Journeys that fill up our minds and our souls.
I can choose between full, colourful closets, or a full, colourful soul.
I know where I’m heading.