Minimalism: Love People, Have Things
A couple of weeks ago, some of the Maniacs Team members went to see the Minimalism Documentary. We give it two thumbs up!
The documentary highlights the journey of Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus in their pursuit of living a meaningful life with less stuff. The documentary follows them in their journey around the country, talking to people about their quest. In my opinion, their quest is to help people consume consciously.
Both Millburn and Nicodermus seemed to have been on the corporate track and climbing the ladder. The more they climbed, the more they were increasingly getting dissatisfied with their lives. They quit their jobs and went on this soul-searching mission to have more by owning less.
I have seen them speak a couple of times, and the idea of minimalism intrigues me and many of our Organizing Maniacs clients. I am ever going to achieve minimalism, because I love shoes! But it intrigues me because minimalism is not necessarily about having less; to me, minimalism is about consuming consciously.
I am a student – a confessed education junkie. I feel like I am learning. My minimalism lesson has been that it all has more to do with our intention and our relationship with our stuff and less to do with how much we have.
Yes, I like shoes and I appreciate all of the pairs I own. I have stopped buying them just because they are on sale. I started getting them because I absolutely loved them. Yes, I have acquired less shoes since becoming conscious of my growing shoe collection. Yes, some of them have cost me more because they weren’t on sale. Now, I have a lot more shoes that I love to wear.
What does minimalism mean to you?