Three years ago, I watched the documentary Becoming Minimalists on Netflix and it inspired me SO much. It gave me a very different perspective on life and it showed me the deeper meaning behind owning less stuff.
Minimalism is about owning LESS material things in order to make room for MORE of what matters.
After I watched the documentary, I wanted nothing but to become a minimalist. I started selling sneakers I owned that I still liked but I barely wore. I went through all of my random papers, my kitchen, my house, my clothes, my children’s toys. EVERYTHING.
But the crazy realization was how much I was getting rid of, yet how much still remained and how much continued to come in…
Minimalism begins with an open mind because some of us might not even want to give a chance to understand it. Getting rid of stuff doesn’t mean we will then lack things we THINK we need. It’s truly about learning how to let go of material possessions. It makes us realize what truly matters. It makes us realize how wasteful we are as human beings.
I’m no where close to how minimal I want to be but learning about this concept has helped me become more mindful of the things I purchase and own. I don’t believe in depriving ourselves from things we want because we ultimately deserve a lot of what we desire. But, it helps us put our focus on the non-physical things that matter. There is so much more life has to offer other than the physical, material things that surround us.
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We tend to have our “life epiphany” when we completely hit rock bottom. Some of the strongest motivation and commitment to change sprout from when we are at the lowest peak of our lives.
This usually happens when someone becomes very ill, when we lose a loved one, or when we experience a near-death situation to name a few. We tend to use our most painful experiences to fuel the power we finally realize we have.
I’ve had many epiphanies throughout the years as I’ve been on this spiritual quest. I am now at my absolute lowest as I have lost custody of my children. I can’t speak to them nor see them. It’s only been three weeks… but the pain of a mother losing her children for something she wasn’t involved with is a nightmare.
I know I tried my best to be everything for my children. But still I think of times where I should have cherished the moments a little more. I could have loved a lot harder. Not because I did anything wrong, or because I didn’t love them enough, but because I wish I can have ALL of those moments back.
But I do know that once I get my babies back, once I fight this, I am in ABSOLUTE control.
I now understand where that deep motivation stems from. It stems from our darkest moments.
Do what you want, follow your heart, and live your fullest life RIGHT NOW. Don’t wait for it to happen. Don’t wait for something horrible to happen. The problem we face is that we let life pass us by without focusing on the bigger picture.
We get lost in trying to survive in this idiotic systematic structure that we don’t even know the power we hold within ourselves.
We are creators. You are the creator of your life. What do you want it to look like?
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