Someone shared a video about how a Japanese man lived a minimalist lifestyle which appeared in my FB feeds this morning which I find it interesting. In the interview, he mentioned about having only 3 shirts, 4 pants and 4 pair of socks in his drawer and that is more than sufficient for him to live by.
As a cynical human being in this century, we’ve relieved the scene of wasteful spending too many times. The activities that we live in were typical of the general consensus approved by society: Study hard, get good grades, climb the corporate ladder, earn more money, borrow higher mortgage loans, spend more on luxury and repeated items and fill the drawer and graveyard with even more things.
I used to engage in this sort of “normal” activities in the past having been exposed to the true color of society until in the recent years where more reading and blogging on personal zen of finance taught me otherwise. My own personal journey towards minimalism has never been more far stretched than before. The possessions of things I own right now are far satisfying than anything I’ve ever had before in the past.
Today, I had only 5 working shirts, 2 pants and 1 pair of shoes for work. I also had a limited number of t-shirts which I bought during my last visit to BKK which is worth THB100 (about $3) each. I have a couple of more decent shirts and tuxedo for important events such as wedding, interview or party events but that almost conclude what I have in my wardrobe. I do not own a car nor do I own any expensive hardware items other than my laptops which I am using it frequently to write my blog and surf the net.
My goal is to go for an asset light strategy as much as I can, so I feel lighter on the go. The ability to remove the incessant desire that idolizes consumerism has allowed me to roam more into spaces I’ve never been into. It allowed me to pursue a greater opportunity in my passion to do things that I love to do – to spend quality time with family and to travel and experience the world we live in without boundaries of consumerism.
Reducing the number of things that we possess is not the true goal of minimalism. It is after all, a delusion that a person can only have a certain number of items in order to be happy. Minimalism is about adding more colorful things in your life. Less is more. Pursue on the greater things in life. Gratitude. Passion. Contentment. Generosity. Togetherness. These are the real additions we should have in our lives.