I got a blank space babyyy…but what is minimalism? Isn’t it just sitting in an empty white room, in a white suit, and staring off into the abyss?
If you had asked me that a few years ago, I might have been inclined to agree. But it’s not! Shock, horror – minimalism is actually more of a state of mind. It involves getting rid of the junk in your room, the stuff that gets in the way and hoarding items just in case (when we all know that the Queen isn’t coming to your house to eat off your fancy cutlery and wipe her hands on your expensive towels).
Take a look around you right now. Look at each indiviual item, and ask yourself: When was the last time I used this? Is it impacting me in a meaningful way? Does it make me happy?
Getting rid of the excess stuff in your room/home/office, can calm an anxious mind. When we see too many things at once, all happening at the same time and all getting in the way of one another, it causes stress. Imagine, letting go of all that and being in a space that feels peaceful.
Admitedly, this is something I am still working on, but I’m feeling the benefits of letting go. It’s not easy, if you’re someone like me, then you might add sentiment and emotions onto objects. But at the end of the day, they’re just stuff. They’re not the same as a close friend. You can’t talk to them like you would a friend or a family member, and you certainly cannot love them.
When we grow up, we see images of success as people who are rich enough to buy whatever they want. They have the yacht, they have the mansion, they have the pet tiger – but think about it, do you really want that? Yes, yacht’s are cool (unless you get seasick), mansions are beautiful (unless you’re the only one living there, and the silence is deafening) and tigers are majestic (but they really should belong in the wild).
Stuff does not equal success. Success should mean happiness and a positive wellbeing. When you’re dealing with a mental illness, it can be easy to wander into the mindset that we still need to be the success that we were told when we were growing up. Yet, if you can let go of that mindset, and think of the end of your recovery as your success? Then honey, you’re all set. And something that I have learnt through meandering in the realm of minimalism, is I cannot remember the things I let go off, or the “sentiment” I projected onto them, despite thinking that I would regret letting them go.
If you would like to learn more about minimalism, then I would love to recommend taking a look at The Minimalists website. These guys have inspired me, and I hope they can inspire you.
Photo credit 📷: Jazmin Quaynor