Simple is subjective
The elements in your lifestyle depend on what’s important to you. Simple is a very subjective word and it’s open to one’s interpretation. What is simple for you may not be simple enough for me.
One of the important questions asked to the audience during that seminar was,
“What do you want?’
So I told Dyra that I want to create awareness to Malaysians about simple living and minimalism – how they can solve most of our problems.
I asked her, “Do you think people want to be like me (a minimalist)?”
She shook her head, almost saying no. I was a little frustrated with her reaction but I know, it’s not her but me. I haven’t done a good job in delivering this message.
Nobody wants to be a minimalist?
I told her that, YES minimalism is not for everyone. But there are certain people who might need it and I’m gonna reach them.
People who are overwhelmed with their life. People who have so many stuff in their house and have trouble cleaning and organizing them. People who hold on to things that don’t spark joy, like the toxic relationship.
Also, those with spending habits and have mountains of debt and financial problems. Those who want to leave their job but couldn’t, because they have many commitments (that include daily takeout coffee/juice and shopping for clothing and makeup every month, which are so ironic right?)
I’ve been one of these people once, and minimalism saves me. So I know very well this is what we/they need, and I’m not even selling this to anyone. It’s free. It’s free for everyone!
Simple Living vs Minimalism
Simple living covers a number of voluntary lifestyle changes to simplify our life. Minimalism is one of the voluntary practices – to reduce possessions to the optimal and increase self-sufficiency.
There is no exact number of items to be owned to qualify you as a minimalist. Minimalism is really, defined by your priority and values. Those who practice simple living and minimalism is generally content and satisfied with whatever they have.
Call it what you want, simplicity, minimalism, life-edited, and then put it into action. Sure you’ll have less. Less stuff. And then you’ll have more. More Love. More Freedom. More Happiness. More Purpose. (The Difference Between Simplicity and Minimalism by Courtney Carver of bemorewithless