An old college buddy of mine just wrote on my Facebook wall last night. He said, “So, while packing, the thought occurred to me, “stuff is bondage.” And then I thought, “Maybe Dazz [one of my nicknames] is on to something…”.
I’ve gotten a fair share of comments like that from friends over the past year and a half. When I first declared myself as a minimalist or one who chooses to live by simple means, I got a lot questions. It seemed radical to others, and in a sense it was in certain areas of my life. However, I had the opportunity to explain and live out my ideals to those watching, and what I stressed was that simplicity looks different for each individual. I think that message is finally starting to sink in with most people.
Joshua Becker is true when he says, “Surprisingly, I have found that the principles of minimalism resonate with most people…I always enter with the mindset that I am on stage to simply remind the audience of what they already know to be true”.
Simplicity is great, and I believe the more so, the better. If you can be as radical as those who complete the 100 Thing Challenge, then you’re experiencing a freedom I have yet to taste, but then again not everyone is in a position to do that (i.e. families). However, every person should strive for simplicity in one degree or another. Constantly reevaluating their lives to see how they can improve to make living a more enjoyable experience. And for those of you who still haven’t caught on, money is not the enabler.