What is minimalism?
“Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s most important things–which actually aren’t things at all.” – The Minimalists
Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Material possessions are not bad by default. It’s the meaning we give to our possessions. Our possessions cost us every day and money is not the main reason here. Our stuff gets in our way when we start ignoring our health, our dreams and our relationships. Stuff keeps you busy but not necessarily in the right way.
It’s about finding meaning in your life and using only the things that you need to be for filled. You need a car… Does it really need to be a fancy Mercedes? You need a home… Will this castle bring me joy? What part of the car or the house adds value to your life?
Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously.
Minimalism can help you to deal with your discontent and because you have less stuff to deal with, reclaim your time. By reclaiming your time you can pursue your dreams and experience a sense of freedom.
At age 30, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus walked away from their six-figure corporate careers, threw away most of their material possessions, and started focusing on what’s truly important. They are the authors of the popular website TheMinimalists.com. The minimalists also have a great podcast where you can learn all about minimalism. Joshua & Ryan made a wonderful documentary called Minimalism: a documentary about the important things. You can see that documentary at minimalismfilm.com.
In their début book, Minimalism: Live a meaningful life, Joshua & Ryan, explore their troubled pasts and descent into depression. They thought they had achieved the American Dream, they worked ridiculous hours, wastefully spent money, and lived paycheck to paycheck. Instead of discovering their passions, they pacified themselves with a lot of stuff. This only led to more debt, depression, and discontent. After a pair of life-changing events, Joshua & Ryan discovered minimalism, allowing them to cut their excess material things so they could focus on life’s most important “things”: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
Let history guide you
What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn’t anymore. Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism…and everything started to change.
In the pursuit of looking for something more real than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career. So, when everything was gone, what was left? Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.
How did they do it?
Through their essays Joshua & Ryan intend to present ideas of how to meet a minimalist lifestyle without adhering to a strict code or an arbitrary set of rules. A word of warning, though: it isn’t easy to take the first steps, but your journey towards minimalism gets much easier—and more rewarding—the further you go. The first steps often take radical changes in your mindset, actions, and habits. The minimalists documented their own experiences so you can learn from their failures and successes, applying what they have learned to your own situation, assisting you in leading a more meaningful life.