Minimalism is a choice, a choice that many others have decided to make. Like most movements, there will always be some who disapprove of this growing trend toward a simpler life. That’s fine. Without conflicting opinions, life would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it? Speaking of boring things, some claim that following the minimalist path is a monotonous one to follow. Others even say that you throw your life away by being a minimalist. This criticism reveals something very important to us. There is no perfect way to live your life. I wish minimalism was the ultimate lifestyle that had all the answers for you, but it doesn’t. Minimalism will not unveil the secret of life and it will definitely not make all your wishes and desires come true. However, like I have said before, minimalism will undoubtedly change your perspective on life.
Admittedly, minimalism does have some “disadvantages”. (If you ask me, they can also be considered as “advantages”.) Owning fewer things is an obvious one. Similarly, if you chose to live a simpler lifestyle, you might also chose to have more boring or plain possessions because a minimalist generally places less value in material objects, hence the Corolla in the driveway instead of a brand new Porsche. In addition, you might even chose to direct your career toward an area that you are passionate about and forgo the higher wages of another type of job. Following your passions seems to be another facet of this lifestyle that most minimalists tend to talk about and agree upon.
However, many others including me have found that the benefits of minimalism completely outweigh its supposed defaults. Peace of mind, clarity of thought, reduced stress, time to focus on what truly is important to you, and even improved personal finances are just a few of the perks that come with living a minimalist lifestyle. There is obviously a lot more to minimalism than these few benefits that I just enumerated but those are typically the most talked about ones.
As Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus say so well, minimalism doesn’t set you up for “a perfect life, not even an easy life, but a simple one”. Simplicity is something many look for in there lives yet there seems to be a struggle to find it. People will sometimes ask themselves in frustration why life has gotten so complicated. A busy and unbalanced work week or a drawer full of useless things doesn’t just happen. It is usually the result of an accumulation of choices that one has made.
Ultimately, “Everything is relative” as the saying goes. Some might prefer the advantages of a life that is oriented toward consumption just as others might prefer the less complicated lifestyle that minimalism has to offer. One lifestyle is not particularly better than the other. There is no right or wrong. You might even decide to mix some aspects from different lifestyles. Minimalism is just an option that is there for you. The choice is yours to make.