The writers behind the blog called The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, released the documentary “Minimalism – A documentary about the important things” in May 2016. This very interesting and inspiring documentary is now available on Netflix. If you missed it, I highly recommend that you go check it out!
“Imagine a life with less. Less stuff, less clutter, less stress, and debt, and discontent. A life with fewer distractions. Now imagine a life with more. More time. More meaningful relationships. More growth, and contribution, and contentment.”– Ryan Nicodemus
“We’re not going to ever be able to achieve the environmental gains that we’re seeking, while still expecting our lives to be the same. We’re going to have to give up a lot. The secret is that a lot of that we’re not actually going to miss.”– Jay Austin
The first quote really captures the essence of minimalism in my point of view. Decreasing the amount of stuff, the number of commitments and so on – I really believe it entails a sense of calmness. To instead focus your energy on the people around you. Or on yourself, to do the things you actually appreciate. The second quote sends a powerful message with a simple undertone. We live in such an abundance, that many of us easily could live simpler and with less environmental impact without even missing a thing. For example – is it really necessary to purchase a new jacket every spring, when the ones you already have hanging in your closet actually looks exactly as good as they did last spring?
The desire to minimise the things you own and live a simpler life is definitely a thing of luxury that only a minority of the world’s population can identify with. Someone lacking the basic things in life like food, water, or a home, is unlikely to feel the urge of minimising the amount of stuff. This might be obvious, but I still think it’s important to emphasize. It is us who has “everything” that need to change our way of living. Today there are two billion square meters of rented storage space around the globe, filled with stuff that we don’t even use. What if all of these things could be donated to people who actually need them? Or even better – what if they never had been produced in the first place?
“Love people and use things.
Because the opposite never works.”
– Joshua Fields Milburn