Five Reasons Why Becoming A Minimalist Will Change Your F*cking Life
After graduating from university, I found myself wanting to go places and do things. But I had boxes full of sh*t and no clue to what to do with them. After trying to dump the stuff onto my parents and floundering for a few months, I realized that the only thing holding me back was the stuff. These material possessions, which were mostly meaningless and easily replaced, were influencing my life decisions in a negative way. So, I decided to say F*CK it and give almost all of it away.
And every time I moved from that point forward, I made it a point to not only accumulate nothing, but to actually leave that place with less than I had before. And before you know it, 8 years later my entire life fits in one 30 liter backpack. I can pack up my entire life in 5 minutes or less and move somewhere totally new feeling completely at home.
Now I might be a bit extreme, but you get the idea. And if this type of freedom sounds good to you, let me discuss some more powerful reasons to ditch your sh*t and f*cking send it.
Stress and anxiety are huge reasons to become a minimalist. Having excess material possessions actually increases your stress, believe it or not. There is a UCLA study that linked higher levels of cortisol, your stress hormone, in people with a higher density of material objects in their homes. So if you ever find yourself overwhelmed by all of the clutter in your place, it’s time to do something about it! By doing so, you’ll clear the path to peace in your home and your heart.
Minimalism is also an incredible way to prevent or eliminate debt. On top of that, it impacts the way you save and spend money. Imagine that you could quit that sh*tty job by just spending less. And instead, you could afford to work a much lower-paying job that you actually love to feel free. I mean really, what would you rather have: More money or more happiness? So choose quality over quantity and experiences over things because in time you will realize that this is what you actually wanted all along.
There is a famous quote by the infamous American philosopher Henry David Thoreau that reads, “The cost of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” Is that not profound as f*ck? Time is a non-renewable resource. No matter how much money you have, you can’t buy back time. So start spending your time on valuable things like being with your family, traveling, or simply having intentionality in your actions. By becoming a minimalist, you’ll spend less time cleaning, organizing, moving, searching for things. The list is endless. Think about it. What would you do with more free time?
This seems pretty obvious, but may fly over some people’s heads: By becoming a minimalist, you consume less and produce less waste. And this type of behavior will make you much more aware of the environmental impacts of your purchases.
What would you rather have? A bunch of stuff or an incredible life full of experiences? That answer is glaringly obvious, yet people are still buying and holding on to so much sh*t they don’t need and then complaining about not having the life they want. WTF?!
Stop falling for these advertisements! Buying something will NEVER make you happy in the long run. So start focusing on living a life of meaning. One that’s filled with creating and sharing all of the wonderful experiences and opportunities this world has to offer.
Hope you enjoyed the read.
The Venice Beach Rat