“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
I recently read an article that challenged the general thoughts on minimalism. People believe that it is for monetary purposes. However, if you ask many minimalists and athletes, we might disagree! Naturally as an athlete, I am forced into a world of minimalism at least partially due to financial reasons. As seen in Finances of a Track Athlete, track athletes who aren’t receiving a large cheque from Nike are limited in their finances. It’s a topic for another day, but the fact that the minimum wage is $420,000 in the NFL astounds me! Less than a tenth of that could sustain me for an entire year. However, just because I cannot afford expensive and frequent purchases does not mean I would indulge if I could (although a BMW would be a nice upgrade from my Civic).
Less is More
Owning less stuff means less time wasted cleaning and organizing. It ties you down and stops you from travelling. It demands your attention and reduces socialization. IT MAKES YOU HAPPIER! Do you need more reason than that? “We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.” – Donald Horban
Lets keep this post minimal. Reduce your clothes. Forget about the sunk cost of the possessions you don’t use and get rid of them. Wipe your computer and start from fresh (Such a great feeling!!)
Lets end with my favourite quote regarding the topic.
“Simplicity is the essence of happiness.” – Cedric Bledsoe