Some people laugh when I say I’m becoming a minimalist. Others give me the weird look if I say I don’t want/need anything for my birthday or Christmas. Friends start to really worry when I mention that I haven’t been in a shop (physical or online) for 6 months (except to buy food and presents, of course!) But don’t fret! I made the conscious decision to own less things in order to spend more on experiences: travels, restaurants, cinema and others… Experiences that will give me emotions rather than owning material objects that will sit untouched in my wardrobe or house for months. But I guess that in such a consumerist society it is hard to understand that the things we own are anchors.
“The thing that keeps a ship at bay.”
“Yes. Planted in the harbour. Stuck in one place. Unable to explore the freedom of the sea”
Everything that Remains – Joshua Fields Millburn / theminimalists.com
I think this groundbreaking, new personal way of living has also affected my photography style, which is much more into natural colours, simplicity and minimal editing. This new philosophy has helped me to see beauty everywhere.
As for clothing, to come at once to the practical part of the question, perhaps we are led oftener by the love of novelty, and a regard for the opinions of men, in procuring it, than by a true utility. Let him who has work to do recollect that the object of clothing is, first, to retain the vital heat, and secondly, in this state of society, to cover nakedness, and he may judge how much of any necessary or important work may be accomplished without adding to his wardrobe.
– Henry David Thoreau