MINIMALIST

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I watched this documentary called “The Minimalist” yesterday. I was casually scrolling through Netflix trying to watch the last of the Christmas movies left, and I saw the title. I glanced at the ratings to see if this would be worth my time. Anytime I see or hear the word documentary I get sleepy, knowing what I’m about to watch will be ….. well boring! I glanced and seen that it was rated 4-5 stars so I thought I’d give it a shot, and I’m glad I did!

Minimalism as defined in Websters Dictionary as ; a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. I would sum all of it up as… having less by choice, and in result being truly happy for the right reasons. Often times we as human beings find joy in material things. We take pride in the “things” that we have and can acquire. Media exploits humility by making us think that we MUST live this certain way in order to be accepted or even normal. For example, everyone knows that one thing most of us look forward to every year is the latest iPhone to launch. We wait in these ridiculously long lines just to stay up to date with our gadgets. After we receive the item our “old” phone is now worthless. We look for happiness in our items, it can be anything. It even goes as deep as fashion and trends. Fashion trends change every week, and we look for them to justify our style. But, this documentary challenges us to think of a life that justifies simplicity. Having only the items and holding the minimal space that we actually need. If one won’t go that far, then think of depleting some items that you can go without. Don’t go out and get the 2016 Macbook pro because it has a touchbar, when you just bought the 2015 model. Chances are not much of it has even changed from one version to the next.

No, I’m not trying to convince you to change your whole life and move into a tiny house. But, what I am saying is now that 2017 is in full effect, try to live your life from more of a minimalistic viewpoint. It will not only save you tons of money but it will help you find true happiness in the things and people around you.

Please check out the documentary TODAY and visit http://www.theminimalist.com for more info.

@voguealamode