“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
Yesterday I was looking for a documentary to watch on Netflix and I came across one that inspired me so much that I wanted to write a blog post about it. It’s called “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things”. If you never watched it, you should. This documentary will definitely show you another way to look at life. It made me reflect about what’s really important to me.
So, what’s minimalism? “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.”
Nowadays, we are surrounded by all these ads that make us want things. We go on social media and we see those bloggers talking about their amazing products, showing their closets full of clothes and accessories that they don’t even remember they have. Some of us don’t even want wear the same clothes twice! We live in a world that values things so much that we end up forgetting about what really matters. We don’t really want that new watch or that new car. We want what we think these things can bring us, such as happiness, joy, and recognition. We want the feeling, the emotional state, the experience. Do you really need all those things laying around your house? Do all those things really make you feel happy? If you could trade all these things for real happiness, free of pressure and worries, would do? I would!
I think that at the end, all these things we have and seek to have and all this search for status and consumption end up being meaningless. What stays are the moments with our family and friends. The love and memories. Material items and consumption cannot provide us long-lasting happiness. Even knowing that, we spend most of our time in a job that we hate to buy these things.
My husband is a minimalist without knowing it. He just wears one pair of jeans. One day I told him that we needed to buy some more jeans for him. He answered me saying that one was enough for him and asked me why he needed to have more pairs if that one was doing its purpose. He was right. He didn’t really need it, but our addiction to consumption makes us want to have more.
I’m not a minimalist, but I confess that this minimalist philosophy is liberating and made a lot of sense to me. I’m not going to lie that I worry so much about the future, about money, career, and status that I end up leaving more important things behind. I feel pressured by what society tells me I should be/have. By 30 years old you “should” have a stable career, be married, and have kids. You should own a house, a car and this and that. Oh, and you also should be all fit to follow the society’s standard of beauty! Why? Because of all this pressure, we never have time and we never have enough money. It’s very liberating to think that we can design our own lives and do everything that really makes us happy on our own time, without having to worry about all these things.
I’m not saying we have to be radical, stop buying things and quit our jobs. If you really want to own that car or that watch, go for it! If these things are important to you, get it! I’m just saying that we probably need to make decisions more consciously. Not only about things we buy, but about everything, our relationships, our health, our careers, etc. How many people you hang out with that don’t add any value to your life? How many things we buy just because it’s on sale and never even open the package? We buy for “just in case” and that “just in case” end up never being the case! It’s just laying there, making a mess, causing a stressful life. You get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff and the messy house. Maybe if we try to simplify everything and consume less, we can have a more peaceful and meaningful life.
We just need to think what’s really essential for us. What’s essential for one person can be different from what’s essential for another. Do the things you own really bring value, meaning and purpose to your life? Think twice about your choices and do whatever makes you happy. Discover purpose and experience real freedom in your life! Live a meaningful life!