Discovering Minimalism…

Pop! Vinyl collection

The other week I watched two documentaries, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things and Happy. It astonishes me how materialistically we are consumed in the Americanized societies in the world. We have so much luxuries! Why do we struggle with mental health as a whole?! Hell, there are people in India who lives in poverty and are much happier with the cards that God dealt them in life than an American with a crap load of money. The two previous documentaries are a wake up call for me.

No worries, I am going somewhere with this; first, define happiness and minimalism for me right now. Just jot down your ideologies at this very moment. Set it aside. We will get back to this point of my blog momentarily.

Just a part of my
book collection.

I will be frank, I have financial stability in my life, but I am also a geek that has to have so much crap to prove my geekiness. Money flies, but I am not alone.

America and majority of developed countries have a need to buy materialistic waste for a short-term satisfactory emotion. We have the needs to get the most recent technology, the most expensive brands of clothes, the most fashion furniture. What happens when we pass on in this lifetime? Most things gets handed off, but a lot of it gets thrown in the trash. More space consumption for the infamous pollution crisis. Well, that’s my visual on the bigger picture, or am I missing something? I mean I understand each individual is different.

We, as a whole, are always competing with each other with the best of this, the
best of that, and how much money we make. Why? I am guilty of it myself. I envy my friends who make more than me and sometimes find myself a bit stingy with those that make less than me. Yes, I worked my ass off in my life to be where I am at, but it needs to be nip in the butt. I need to get back to the reality of what values I possess in this greedy society and hang onto that. My poetry, my books collection, my camera; that is the most valuable means in this life for me.

Another kryptonite of mine is food. Either I order too much or I buy too much groceries than I can intake in my meal preps and end up throwing out a good portion. Speaking of portioning my prep meals, I need to discipline myself with leftovers. I need to be better for the environment and for the people. It’s a slap in the face when you have all this food and in the world hunger and poverty is still one of the biggest issues. If I nip my part of this issue in the ass, I would be doing my part in society for the environmental and societal issues that we have today. I want to do better, I know I can.

So for moving into my new apartment next month, I am going through my excessive foods and materials and will donate what I really don’t need or won’t eat in the next four weeks.
In return of all these adjustments in my life, I can do more of what makes me the happiest, traveling.

Now let’s go back to you. What makes you happy? What are your thoughts of minimalism? Are you willing to adjust your lifestyle to do better for this society as a whole? I am not asking you to radicalize, I’m just requesting baby steps.

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