Minimalism, Redefining Your Life

BY DANIELLE CLARK

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – James Thurber

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I’ve watched “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” more times than I can count because the message is so crystal clear. Ben Stiller’s performance as the overtly submissive and passive employee at Life Magazine goes from daydreaming to actually living. People discover minimalism after the breaking point in their lives. In this case Mitty’s breaking point was the threat of losing his job if he continued to daydream.

The breaking points in our lives come in many forms as we are continuously overwhelmed by the distractions in life. These distractions are the byproducts of an excessive lifestyle; too much commitments, too much eating, too much consumption, too much spending, too much technology and overall too much stuff. As a result, we move sluggishly living off of temporary distractions that bring us temporary happiness.

Minimalism is about less but gaining so much more. A life without distractions allow us to be creative, focused, goal orientated and the best version of ourselves. By giving ourselves the opportunity to do what truly makes us happy we give our passions room to grow. We unearth who we really are and what we truly desire.

So what is minimalism exactly? According to “The Minimalists”, minimalism changes the relationship a person has with material possessions. Minimalism simply allows us to make decisions more deliberately and more consciously than ever before. On a spectrum, minimalists embrace their lives in different ways. Some sell their houses, cars and possessions to enjoy a life travelling. Others prefer to keep their homes, cars and settle down with kids. An individual’s personal liberation from the strain of having an unhealthy relationship with material possessions is a journey one makes for themselves.

Walter Mitty cleared his life of all the distractions that kept him stuck in a job that brought little to no joy. True to minimalism, he redefined his life in the image he saw fit. So, like Mr. Mitty be courageous, go after what you want and start living out your daydreams.