Happy Tyr’s Day
I practice minimalism and it is no accident that when I coupled things for discussion under Of Wolves and Ravens, Minimalism with Self-Reliance are together. Minimalism forces you to be more reliant on yourself and less on stuff for happiness. It also leads to a greater prosperity that allows you to be more self-reliant because you are not wasting resources (time and money) on things you don’t need or things that don’t make you happy.
I will probably be going though all my stuff one more time once the semester is over and I can imagine some more of it is going to the garbage heap. Right now, I could pack up everything I personally own in less than a day to move. My wife is a different story, but if it was just me, I could be out the door fairly quickly. Philosophically this leads to a greater freedom and forms a building tool for the virtue of self-reliance.
There are few of my life behaviors that I would say are a reflection of minimalism:
- Hiking. I really am considering buying over time the basic load out I will need for a day hike and then an overnight hike. When you do that, the question of what you need is very important, because you don’t want to be schlepping anything you don’t need, because it expends more energy than you want. Lot of life lessons in that too.
- Routine. My whole process of journaling, routines and blogging keeps me focused on what I need and want so I don’t waste time on something that is ultimately useless to me.
- Nudism – I have to say there is nothing more minimalist that being a home nudist. Cuts down on the need for laundry. But also I really look at my closet and say do I need this or does this make me happy? When you just as happy in your skin as you are in your favorite shirt, that changes how you perceive that question.
To the Wolves and Ravens:
Minimalism really causes you to ask the question what you really need. Food and Water. yep. Shelter from dangerous elements at times. Other than that, needs of a social and psychological variety are very flexible. Minimalism is definitely a needed tool for finding prosperity. As it focuses you resources instead of wasting them.
Minimalism also has taught me to focus my efforts in identifying my wants and then picking things that actually get me closer to them. I am very conscious of wasting my time on things that don’t matter or my money on things I know will only be temporary in their happiness and then will collect dust. I don’t spend my money on that stuff very much anymore.
Fat wolves can’t fight. Need and Want are important but Reason tells me to feed them only what they need and not be wasteful because lean times come eventually. Minimalism prepares you for those lean times two ways. One, you often have the things you need to get through them because you haven’t been wasteful in the first place. Two, you learn that you can live without a lot. Your survival mindset is better.
I have a found a lot of joy in simplicity thanks to minimalism. Joy in being free from the desire to possess. There is a wisdom to being in a position where you have what you need and what you truly want and nothing more. This makes life much better. You can make good decisions and are not affected so much about other people’ perspectives of you. Waste is foolish and minimalism allows you to recognize that point and stay away from it.
I had a particularly minimalism moment the other day. I was sitting at home alone in my skin and writing a blog article. I felt at peace. It is a rare feeling but made possible in part by the fact that without a lot of stuff to worry about, I have fewer worries. Minimalism helped bring me that moment.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.