Minimalism in a nutshell:
You may not be familiar with the teaching of minimalism but, surely, you must have enjoyed minimalist designs.
Take IKEA as one example, their design is simple, pretty and accessible. Now, almost all houses have at least one thing they bought from IKEA. If anything, it shows that everyone has a knack for appreciating minimalism.
One of the biggest misconception about minimalism is that it prevents you from enjoying life. People associate having “less” with being “poor” and therefore “suffering”. On the contrary, it is simply about prioritizing and self-control.
Prioritize things you want the most, and focus solely on achieving that.
By putting your 100% on selected few things, your chance of success increases tremendously. In everyday life, having fewer things can also mean you are less-likely to get distracted. Hopefully, you can find peace more easily thus achieve more.
Minimalists are authentic individuals. By purchasing only what you need (instead of what you want), minimalists avoid the superficial mass consumerism. Thus, minimalism is about highlighting the beauty, the essence and the true purpose of things in our life.
Minimalism is essentially a movement against consumerism. Modern materialism is so ingrained in our contemporary society that we unconsciously put more value to things. To counter this, minimalism teaches that we should emphasize more on what we have in the present rather than what we don’t.
Bear in mind that being a minimalist does not equal liking simple designs. It is more about that. It ultimately promotes conscious consumerism which is rare in our “super-fast super-cheap” era, especially in fashion. In fact, you are allowed to like intricate designs as a minimalist.
Don’t let the trend deceive you! What’s fancy about minimalism is it ultimately increases your self-sufficiency and awareness of your belongings, time, energy and relationships.
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