I am done. Done trying to keep up. I am finished getting pressured into having to buy the newest, best, or biggest and I am done feeling out of style because I am not wearing the latest outfit. I’m tired of feeling behind. I am through listening to what I need to do, or at least what society thinks I need to do.
What are the things I want, the things that are good for my family? I can tell you one thing, it is not stuff…
The other day I was sitting in the back yard watching my children play and I realized, they are not playing with any of the toys or items we bought them. No, they were playing with things everyone can find in their back yard like sticks and stuff and they had so much fun thinking of stories and using those things to pretend. It was then that I realized, we can simply enjoy every moment without having a lot of stuff. We can be happy without clutter overwhelming us and the economy telling us how we need to live our lives.
I am exhausted from trying to keep up. Now I am in my mid twenties (ok, maybe not mid twenties…) and I don’t want this kind of stress for my children. Instead of them growing up thinking they have to keep up with society to fit in, or feeling the need to get all those things to be happy, I want them to understand that stuff doesn’t make you happy. They can live their lives the way they want.
This is why I chose to become a minimalist. I want to be the very best role model for my children, just like every other parent. I only want the best for my children.
The minimalism lifestyle is so much more than just getting rid of stuff. Being a Minimalist is to live a more meaningful life and to take care of yourself and those you love so that you can really be there for people and truly live in the moment. You can connect with people on a more personal level and really understand them. Also, you are able to experience life in a more meaningful way, without your phone or tablet distracting you. You will even learn to treat your body better by making healthy choices and exercising to get the most value out of life. This lifestyle will make it easier on your budget since you don’t spend so much on thing you don’t really need. Instead you can go on a trip with family and make some great memories. Minimalism offers all of this and so much more.
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(My husband thought it was a cult at this point, since he is pretty much skeptical of everything, but even he is on board after reading Minimalism.)
Thanks to The Minimalists (the authors of Minimalism) I can see that I have wasted enough time and that I want to spend my remaining time on this planet the best way I can.
I hope I could help show you what minimalism means to me and why I chose to go this way. Maybe I have even inspired you to give this lifestyle a try. You can always start out by reading Minimalism by The Minimalists.
If you are interested in following me on my journey and starting your minimalism challenge, you can get you free 30 Day minimalist check-list + bonus material right here.
“Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the thing so we can make room for life’s important things – which aren’t actually things at all.” –The Minimalists
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