A lone traveler, backpacking up snowy mountains to the peak. All he is carrying is his entire existence: a few pairs of pants, t-shirts, socks, undergarments, a notebook & a photo of his beloved back home. He is whole with just the belongings on his back. He needs nothing else to be happy. He is a minimalist.
A college student trying to make his way through thousands of dollars in loans. He is careful. He knows not to spend frivolously in fear of wasting hard earned money from working countless nights as a bartender. He strives for a better future & hopes for abundance. He is a minimalist
In a quick paced city, lives a woman who favors quality. She is head to toe in designer brands, her wallet holding cards of endless money ready to be spent. But she’s a picky sole & only purchases the best & what makes her the happiest. She is a minimalist.
There’s a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the minimalistic movement. Many believe it’s only for those who live paycheck to paycheck, barely making by in their minimum waged job. In reality, anyone can be a minimalist. The rich, the poor, the in between. It’s more than just your social economic status or what you own. It’s a life lived intentionally for all those who wish to do so.
It’s funny because of course minimalism seems like the smart financial move when you are struggling or trying to save. But to be completely honest, regardless of what’s in my bank account, I would still live the same way I do now.
If I was wealthy & had money to just completely burn, I wouldn’t burn it. I may purchase more quality items. I may treat myself to a bit of luxury. But it doesn’t mean I want an abundance of it. I feel as though people spend money like water just to prove to other people they can. It’s a status symbol of success & achievement. For me, I don’t need to prove a damn thing to anyone. If I want a designer purse, I’ll buy it. If I want a McDonalds cheeseburger over a 5 star restaurant one, I’m going to pick the latter because it’s my life to live & what I want. haha.
The biggest change I would make if I woke up rich would be the ability to travel the world more often than before. I’ll always be the person who chooses experience over material goods. I want to immerse myself in cultures of all kinds. I want to have more unique memories. Those are the things you’ll take with you when you leave this Earth anyway, not your million dollar mansion.
And no I’m not saying everyone should deprive themselves to only living in tiny homes, with a backpack full of belongings & wearing only one shade of clothing like some basic ass human. There’s beauty in loving your belongings & having a sense of style & personality with your life. Never let that go. The question is if you were to lose that designer bag or your mansion, would you be ok? Truthfully, could you be without it? Relying on your possessions as crutches is what causes concern. Otherwise, have fun with your life, express yourself & remain as unique as you wish to be.
So however you wish to see minimalism, see it the way you see fit. If you just want to clean out your home of excess clutter? Go for it. If you are saving money for a trip abroad, maybe don’t buy new clothing this year. If you wish to build a tiny home & roadtrip across the U.S. by all means travel your heart out. The key is to remain happy with your decisions & live the life you deserve.