I have had at least one message in the past day or two that suggests that living a minimalist lifestyle will hurt the chances of an economic recovery.
For the past decade or more some people have been spending themselves into oblivion and where did that get us? The economy still tanked.
It wasn’t a minimalist lifestyle that caused it.
And what of the economic downturn?(I love these phrases that governments and economists have come up with!)
I am very sorry that companies have downsized and that people have lost their jobs.
I am sorry that times are tough for some people and that they are struggling to get by financially.
But I was not the one who told them to go out spend beyond their means either.
From what I have read from numerous comments on this blog is that in a lot of cases it was a bit of a wake up call for a lot of people.
It forced them to look at their spending habits and analyze what the hell was going on.
It forced them to live a much more frugal, minimalist lifestyle. To examine their priorities and figure what really mattered in their lives.
A lot of them got rid of a lot their stuff. They sold it or gave it away.
They reexamined their spending and their priorities.
And you know what?
They were happier because of it.
How much stuff does one person or one family need for crying out loud?
Huge houses filled to the rafters. Garages overflowing so that you can’t park your car in them.
I am not against spending. I like nice stuff. But I save my money for things and I pay cash. I think long and hard before making a big ticket purchase.
Do I really NEED this item?
Most of the time the answer is no.
I have no athletic shorts. My girlfriend had to convince me last week to get a pair for walks and working out.
I will obviously use them. So I did end up buying a pair.
What I am against is just the mindless consumerism. Spending as a national pastime!
To make ourselves feel better?
There is no correlation between spending and happiness. Oh sure you get a little bit of a “high” at the time but it quickly wears off.
One thing I notice when I am out in a store(yes I do go to stores at times!) is just how unhappy people look.
Is it just me or do people seem sour!
Would it kill you to smile and be a bit cheerful?
My girlfriend always comments on how I say hello to everyone. People I meet on the sidewalk when out for a walk. And I am an introvert!!
Smile and say hello. It ain’t gonna kill ya!
Anyway, living a more simple, minimalist lifestyle is okay. Everyone needs to eat. We need clothing and shelter and some material goods.
Minimalist living is just about being smart about spending.
It is about freeing oneself from the shackles of mindless consumerism.
It is about priorities and being debt free.
It is about figuring out what really is important in your life.
Minimalist living can be whatever you want or need it to be for you.
Want to go all out and be an extreme minimalist that lives a self sustaining lifestyle off the land and off the grid?
Go for it! I commend you. I kind of like that idea but my girlfriend isn’t quite there. Not yet anyway:)
Oh yeah and I have a teenage son. Damn. Just kidding!!
Or maybe just cutting your possessions by a third or in half is enough.
That’s okay as well.
I want to just to travel forever. I don’t really want stuff that ties me to one place. Yes I am a bit of a dreamer. I am a Sagittarius after all!
It’s your choice. And that’s the beauty of it.
Stop listening to the doom and gloom economic forecasts.
Just live your own life. Make your own choices for you.
Minimalist living hurting the economy. Please!
So what do you want your life to look like?
Stressed about money and bills and all the clutter and stuff you have? Arguing with your partner about money problems? Sounds like fun.
Or a more free, calm, happy and simple existence?
An existence where you get to dictate how to control your life. Not the other way around.
The choice is yours.
What’s it going to be?
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