Minimalism taught me to know myself better and be more honest with myself.
Throughout this process of simplifying my life, I realized that we human beings (not all) have a tendency to self-deception. Self-deception in practical life can be tragic.
We are almost always self-deceived in:
Not because we have.
That’s not why we want it.
Not because we do it.
I firmly believe that many of our decisions have an external motivation, or based on reasons that we have not explored enough.
If we decide to simplify our lives, it is necessary to question why these decisions:
Why do I have this really?
Why do I really want this?
Why do I really do this?
Ask these questions that serve not only to govern things in our lives, but to discover something about ourselves.
In my case, I learned about my fears (my fear is running out of books), my insecurities and the importance I attach to the opinions of others.
Here, the good news is that I realized that these details helped me to get rid of a lot of things (material and non-material).
And so make more honest decisions about what I want to be, do and have.
If you have decided to adopt minimalism in some aspect of your life, you must question the process and learn something about yourself.
Maybe you can start by simply asking yourself, why do I want to simplify my life?
You are the owner of your life and you decide what you do with it. This is what it means to live your life your way.
Ask yourself what you think and how you feel about minimalism.
This will prompt you to answer your question.
No one can answer this question better than you! Believe!
I realize that some people flourish in a minimalist state, but others spend a lot of time mourning the loss of their possessions once they are gone.
You must decide for yourself whether this life fits your personality or will make it unbearable.
Minimalism in its current iteration is a choice.
The value of any lifestyle choice lies in its ability to be applied, not followed religiously or subverted.
What matters is to see it as a tool, not a magical solution to your problems.
Human beings will always pursue the novel, the new, the exciting. This is part of the process of experimentation and self-development throughout life.
The way to adhere to a particular lifestyle involves openness to change, a clear understanding of its values and maintaining the ability to cut out noise.
Forget what others are doing. Take what works for you and ignore the rest.
Test and reset. Being dogmatic about minimalism is no more useful than turning it into a trend.
Less can be more and more can be less. Less can also be less, and more can be more.
Minimalism is very wonderful. It can make life much better. As a concept, it can be applied to many areas of life.
Physical possessions, relationships, commitments, work, art, and so on.
But minimalism, as a lifestyle, is not a solution to life’s problems.