Minimalism. Live a more meaningful life with less they said. Is it as simple as that? No it isn’t. It is though one recipe as Joshua Fields Millburn suggests that can help assist you living a more intentional and satisfied life. I have been reading and listening to ‘The Minimalists‘ journey for the past six years through their books, blog and podcast. Four years ago I got to meet Ryan and Josh for the first time when they came to Sydney. Tonight my sister and I went to see them live in Sydney. I have heard their story countless times over the years and there wasn’t anything new for me. I did however realise I am still on this journey and there is more I can do to live an intentional life. I resonated with their childhood stories of struggle and then working hard in the corporate world to make a good living. They thought getting a ‘good’ job and earning a decent salary would mean they were living their dream. I believe if you have clean water, dinner on the table every night and a roof over your head you ARE living the dream. However sometimes we want to search for further meaning. Sometimes we get caught up in accumulating stuff to fill us up.
For me I realised I needed minimalism in my life as I was over consuming. I was using my money to purchase more and more stuff and experiences that didn’t light me up. I would get a short lived high each time I bought something but the reality was a lot of it didn’t add much value to my life. It was actually depleting me as I was spending money on credit cards throughout my 20’s so the short lived high turned into a deep dark tunnel of debt repayments. I was constantly chasing my tail. Even though I earned great money I was spending more than I earned each month. When I started to apply minimalism in my life it forced me to face up to the realities of my consumerism. It forced me to look on the inside at my own self worth. It forced me to cultivate enough self love that I could stop looking for it outside myself. I didn’t need the external validation of nice clothing or a nice car. None of that really matters.
The day I got home from the hospital after giving birth to Hamish I thought, well there is another lesson in how this stuff outside of us really doesn’t matter. Why what car or home I have is irrelevant. I am grateful that I have some level of financial freedom. I did think though none of it really matters that day. My health and relationships are the most important thing to me. Money is good to have to take care of our basic needs. I knew though that in that moment no more money will bring me anymore happiness. All I wanted was to bring Hamish home. I knew that dream was shattered. I am now learning how to rebuild myself and everything I thought that mattered. I needed to re-evaluate what was really important to me. Was working my butt off 60 plus hours in the corporate world going to serve me? Was being there for everyone in my life always going to serve me? Was putting my needs last and worrying about what others really think serving me? Was working really hard for a few weeks of freedom each year how I really wanted to live my life?
Hamish thankyou for allowing me to ask these questions