Owning less is living more. Let me elaborate, the American mindset on happiness is fixated through the lens of consumerism. We desperately cling to our possessions while we are on the hunt for more things. The latest clearance at the mall, the new house on the real estate market that has one more bathroom than our house, the new laptop that our friend has that would make us so much more productive and tech savvy. Some people break through this suffocating worldview. Two bold men by the names of Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus quit their six figure corporate jobs to adopt a lifestyle the centered around owning less and living more. They started the organization called “The Minimalists”, producing and organizing podcasts, documentaries, essays, and community lectures to spread the word on the benefits of owning less. Minimalism is focused on only keeping what adds value to your life, not so much focused on purging everything else. The process can be time consuming and overwhelming at first but soon proves to be worth it.
What brings me value in my life? A simple question deserves a simple answer. My family who are there for me no matter the stage of life or circumstance, My friends who laugh at my bad jokes, My role models who challenge me to be a better person than who I was last week, and being part of a community that contributes to something bigger than itself. A possession or tangible object isn’t incorporated in this list for a good reason nor a monetary value equated to them. Living with a sole focus on relationships and growth isn’t natural to the American way of life but yields a level of health that surpasses the consumerists. You can’t truly live the way you were born to live when you cling to what’s unnecessary. The legendary war hero William Wallace in the 1995 “Braveheart” famously said, “Every man dies, not every man really lives.” Are we allowing the possessions in our lives to dictate us or are we being intentional with what we own? I believe you have the opportunity to choose.