When I received an email from Netflix saying that the Minimalism documetary was finally available in my country, I thought it was a joke. It was April 1st, after all. I started following the minimalism movement on YouTube a little bit, but I never found it very doable for me until I stumbled upon the Lavendaire channel. Aileen taught me that minimalism is not just about how many items you own, having a house all black and white, wearing the same T-shirt over and over again.
Minimalism is a state of mind, first of all, it's all about feeling yourself happy.
I'm not going to explain here the whole concept, there are plenty of articles, blogs, channels about it. I, instead, want to recommend you this documentary because it really impressed me, even if I approached Minimalism in a totally skeptical mood at first. While living in such tiny houses with zero decorations or being a nomad with just a suitcase of belongings wouldn't be doable for me, I loved the things they shared in this film. I learned a lot and I found myself reflecting a lot on my life. When one of the Minimalists shared his sad story about his mom, it totally made me cry, because I know what it means sickness and it totally reasonates with my believe of spending as much time as I can with my beloved ones before it's too late. I think this documentary is mostly dedicated to those people affected by consumerism, not actually my case.
I lived on a budget for the most part of my life, in an average european house, my parents never spoiled me (on the contrary, they were afraid of that, being an only child, and even overdid the other way). But I always thought that having more money, affording more things would make the difference, would make me happier. I eventually learned it’s not true. The other day, talking with an Instagram (now real life) friend, we noticed we had a pretty similar "hipster" childhood, our moms grew us up in a similar way, valuing homemade things and little pleasures of life, while both of us wanted to be like the others, eating junk food, owning the next shiny toy and so on. Now we know how our families grew us up well, we're grateful for that. Minimalism was already in our lives without even knowing it.
After watching the documentary, I started listening to their podcast during my commute and I just finished reading one of their books, Essential. Again, while I don’t agree with everything they say (and I’m not going to get rid of my stuff tomorrow), I think it’s such a powerful message and an inspirational lifestyle and we should spend some time learning more about it.
Have you heard of Minimalism? Do you have any thoughs/advice/knowledge to share? I’d love to hear from you! <3