I could probably talk about minimalism all day long with all the physical mechanics involved in reducing life down to just the basic necessities the same way that many posts and articles are written on the subject. I could talk about getting out of debt, getting rid of stuff and living in a smaller house. There are so many aspects of this lifestyle with so many physical steps we can take to reach a point where we believe our life is more manageable and we learn to lead a life with less stress. I am not going to discuss any of these today although I do feel they are important elements in this thing we call Minimalism.
Today I am going to discuss the real reasons behind making such a decision that sparks us into a life of less. It’s all about being human. Our basic needs like water, food and shelter seem to be what most believe are the necessities in life but the truth is that there are a few more that make us whole. These needs being that of finding ways to be creative, socializing with our fellow humans, exercising, and of course the most important is to love and feeling loved are all a part of what makes up the human experience. We have the need of being accepted into a particular group as we need to feel that we fit in somewhere in this world we live in. There is also the basic needs of spending time in nature, exploration and discovery.
We have built great empires across this world and developed a system that requires us to sacrifice much of the time we have to guarantee us those basic needs are met, but learn over time while we are fulfilling our needs for the basics we are left with little time for the others. We find ourselves on this vicious roller coaster where we look out into a world where we know there are things we are missing in our lives. Whether it is spending more time with loved one’s, or just a little quiet time to learn to play a guitar, dance, paint or write it always seems that those passions are always and arms length away but we just cannot reach them.
Year after year we do our part to ensure that the engine that drives this rollercoaster keeps working and revolving as this machine needs constant attention. But what about the attention we need as humans. What about the needs of our very souls that cry out in the middle of the night and urge us to get off this machine and break free of those things that keep us from our human needs and desires. Life must be more than just this position in a factory that keeps those cogs moving.
Many find security in living in a world that promises survival and false promises of happiness and may live their whole lives in this manner only to look back at those things that have been lost and long gone. But there are also those that are reaching out in desperation to find certain hacks in life that allow for time away from the machine by slowing things down a bit and there are also those who have discovered ways of getting off this rollercoaster altogether to live off the grids of corporate entities that bind them.
There are driving forces behind those who seek to discover a simpler life many people are finding ways to simply reduce the amount of time they need to spend on the machine and increase the amount of time they need to fulfill those other needs that we have been taught to forget about. These driving forces combined with our will and creativity have sparked this new revolution we call Minimalism. Even those who have not yet made any moves in their lives to discover a simpler life are still thinking about it. Always thinking about it.