You don’t have to be a vegan to be a minimalist, but I don’t think I would have become a minimalist without being a vegan.
In some cases, you could call me an extremist because I was so extreme in my food consumption and my hunger for material status.
My problem was I bought into what societies told me I should be and what I should have as a pose to what I need and what I can live without. so as of today’s date 10th November 2018, I have been a minimalist for nine months and although this is a short period of time, I feel amazing and more confident in the person I am and who I want to be.
I no longer care about what the latest trend is. I no longer bid twice the price on a pair of “exclusive” trains because they’re limited edition and I no longer care about people “rate me” for having them. it feels good to feel FREE of material chains. Now don’t get me wrong, I love gadgets and technology and I’m still battling with my mind when I see something, but before I consider the purchase, I simply ask myself “do I need it?” And 97% of the time the answer is NO! Will my life be better or worse without it and most likely it will not change after the first 24 hours of owning it.
So what am I personally giving up as a love and/or hobbies:
- Clothes – (abundance of it)
- Cars and motorcycles (I’ll explain further below)
- Technology – phones, cameras, etc
All the above things are things that I love dearly just as much now, as I did 5 years ago. But what’s the difference? I no longer feel sad about not having these things or buying more than I have! And this is where my life and understanding began to change. The problem with changing your views to a minimalist way of living can heavily affect your relationship with friends and family. Why? Well if you have a set of friends and you find that your main connection or common interest are going out to eat at lavish restaurants or shopping then this will slowly or very quickly start to diminish and you find yourself lacking time or empathy with that particular group of friends, not because you dislike them but because you no longer share the same interests.
Better for the World
In most cases, you can set a limit on how much time or financial expenditure you outlay and decide not to completely give up these luxuries and just limit them. As such, you may not be completely affected, however, you have to bear in mind your contributions to society’s way of thinking and the level of pollution we leave behind us. However, every little helps.
I’ve always used the saying pennies make pounds and this is true in all that we do. If there are a hundred items of rubbish on the floor and you pick up one and place it in the bin and 99 others follow suit one by one. Pow! all the rubbish has been cleared and we have all contributed to a better place to live.
So with that said, if we all minimised our overspending on clothes etc, we in effect minimise the mass production of unnecessary clothing manufacturing and thus the water pollutions decreases and your hard earned money is safe in your pocket to assist building yourself a better future.
The problem that a lot of us suffer from but hate to admit is we suffer from low self-esteem which in turn makes a turn to material wealth to satisfy a hole that was created by material items. I have become to learn that this will not make us happy and we need to seek inner peace and happiness with yourself to benefit the beauty of life.