I call myself a minimalist because it is the newest way to describe the way I have been all of my life. I have always enjoyed living a Simple Life, but even that should be re-labeled as maybe a Simpler Life. Having too much stuff has always irritated me and I really hate shopping. Occasionally I will fall in love with a dream of some type and purchase things around that dream. I did this when I was camping a lot, or mountain biking. I have to be careful when I fall in love with certain dreams as I will jump the gun only to learn a few months down the road that I really am not as crazy about it as I thought I was. And these items I purchased usually end up sitting in my closets, basement, garage or attic until I go through everything and put it out front for a yard sale. These dreams are usually built around some type of adventure of some sort and I suppose that adventure is my true nature.
So I suppose that if I put it into perspective I really am more of an Experientialist more than a Minimalist. Or maybe the two go hand in hand. But living a life for experiences over living a life for material things is a strong desire for me. It is in actually doing those things where I am surrounded by nature and not trapped in a shell of a life where everything desirable is in a box. For me, to climb that mountain and shout from the top, “I am Free”, means more to me than owning an item of most peoples desire. Every single minute in life is so precious and there is such a beautiful world around us if only we find the time to discover it.
One of the prisons that most people live in, in the materialistic world is one of debt. For me debt is not freedom and it steals our dreams and robs us of those few times where we find our very souls and make those precious connections with the universe. What good is a brand new car if it means that you have to work so hard to pay for it that you are just too tired on the weekends, or too broke to get out and enjoy life.
So I call myself a simple man who has simple desires that he treasures more than gold. It is those experiences of life that are told by old men sitting in a barbershop waiting for their turn. Experience life because it is short. Be a Simple Man.