I say this often, Minimalism is about so much more than stuff. Although it is rooted in "stuff" and begins with downsizing your belongings and keeping only the items that are aligned with you and your values, it is about so much more than "stuff".
Reclaiming my time, confronting parts of me that were hidden under the "stuff", feeling more in control, naturally working on my anxiety, spending more time with my family, living authentically, but this one is new. This one caught me by surprise, but I like it.
Minimalism has become my personal protest against consumerism. Seems obvious right? Own less, buy less? Just like veganism has become my personal protest against the corrupt meat and dairy industry, it is my own personal stand against the consumerist society we live in.
The internet is a clever network. The players most savviest have figured out how to optimise algorithms, email addresses, studying what sites you browse, what you click, creating online presence profiles all to shove "stuff" into virtual shopping totes of items you thought you need because they figured out how to "subliminally" weave these items into your online experience. I call BULLSHIT! I buy what I want, when I want and when I need it I'll go looking for it!
Now I see it, recognise it and don't play into it. Browse a yoga site, now it shows up on my Facebook feed. Not falling for it Zuckerberg! I no longer spend vacations with hours in the mall. I no longer waste time browsing online shopping sites with no purpose. I no longer subscribe to emails of non-stop sales - Bye Gap! Because you know what, things don't go on sale because you NEED them, they go on sale because nobody WANTS them. Hard pass.
We live in a society where status is increasingly determined by material things. Where riches is determined not by quality of life but quantity of things. Where greed and aggression is rewarded because outwardly it portrays stature. I'm not here for it.
I've found some of the people I respected the most, no longer placed on that pedestal and it all comes down to my views on Minimalism. Everyone doesn't have to be a Minimalist, but we should all work on our relationship with "stuff" and to what extent we let it define us. I realised many people I thought successful, had lost the fulfilment of life as life's purpose. They worked to acquire things. They needed some tangible "trophy" to show their success because the time required to obtain it prohibited them from truly experiencing life. They can have it.
Minimalism is about so much more than stuff and it has truly opened my eyes to freedom, helped me to define myself and also those that I surround myself with. I have so much in store! BRB.