This whole minimalist thing is all new to me. I mean I really didn’t know what it meant or what it actually takes to be a minimalist.
I started researching to see what the hell this thing was about and the more I learned about minimalism, the more I realized I was moving towards a minimalist lifestyle.
For example, I found a post Leo Babauta published on minimalism. It’s actually a minimalist faq.
He talks about having too many unnecessary possessions. Loads of clothes your really don’t need, cars that you never drive, all kinds of material bullshit that we CAN live without. I’m guilty of all those things.
According to him, minimalist is all about living without clutter, excesses, things you really don’t need, and most importantly, being happy. Truly happy.
Well over the past year or so, I’ve gotten rid of my car and my truck. We only have one SUV and that’s for my wife. I also got rid of my cell phone. I cut down on the amount of work I do online. And other little minor things that I just got tired of or felt I didn’t need anymore.
I did this not with the intention on becoming a minimalist, hell I didn’t even know what that word was. I did it because I wanted to spend more time with my family. I wanted to focus more on them.
I felt cluttered, tired, and always busy before. I hated that feeling. There’s was always an excuse to not go out with my family. So in 2012 I decided to change focus on my online businesses to working less and to create a business that will work for me and around my personal life than the other way around.
I didn’t realize that I was slowly turning my life into a minimalist life. I didn’t realize that the things I was doing, or letting go off was actually helping me both in my business and personal life. I didn’t realize that I was being more happy.
I don’t stress as much as I use to. My health got a hell of a lot better because I didn’t have a car and I was forced to ride my bike. Not a bad thing cause I’ve always enjoyed it, just never made it past a block before. Now I ride 20 miles like nothing.
My wife an I go through an entire conversation now without me looking and my damn iPhone every damn second just to read my emails.
Plain and simply put, Life just got better for me.
The only real thing I’m dealing with now is the fact that my oldest daughter is leaving us. She graduated high school and now going off to college. Every parents dream right, for their kid to go to college.
But here’s the thing.
My wife and I are just 36 years old with an 18 year old daughter. She’s our first everything. Our first born, our first to walk, to talk, go to school, drive, get a job, and now first to leave home. Both my wife and I have been struggling with this all year long. It’s been an emotional roller coaster.
I’m sure it’s just a phase all parents go through so it’s just something we’re going to have to deal with.
The point here I’m trying to make is that if it weren’t for those decisions I made in 2012, I wouldn’t have had the time I have now to be able to be with my daughter.
Now that I realize what I’ve been doing and what this whole minimalist thing is really all about and what it can do for my life, I’m seriously thinking of taking this minimalist thing to heart and go all in with it.