The Mini Guide for a Wannabe Minimalist
According to the idealistic prediction of TV shows like The Jetsons, technology is designed with simplicity in mind. Though science hasn’t figured out the flying car, the robot butler or the Foodarackacycle, we’ve come a long way. Smartphones, wearables, heart rate monitors, fidget spinners — society has advanced, no doubt, but it’s not as simple as George and his wife may have imagined.
Allow me to crudely invoke Newton’s third law of physics: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” We’re not just pretending to be smart. We have a point! The resurgence of minimalism is a by-product of a modern lifestyle that’s complex, messy, and always changing. And, for a lot of reasons (12, actually), Healthversed approves!
Today, we examine the origin, icons, and benefits of minimalism. We’ll also show you ways in which you can incorporate this rewarding philosophy in to your daily life too! So, sit back, relax, and enjoy The Healthversed Mini Guide for Wannabe Minimalists. Let’s go!
What is Minimalism?
For a concept that preaches simplicity, minimalism sure has a lot of alternative definitions. It’s classified as a 1950s movement in painting and sculpture. It represents the avant-garde musical movement. It represents a lifestyle that values quality, and simplicity over consumerism and clutter. Though we may discuss the two former definitions at another time, today we’re focussing on the latter: embracing a life with less.
It’s important to note that minimalism isn’t altogether anti-stuff. In fact, most minimalists value their possessions much more than the masses. They just have less of them. For example, instead of having three laptops or two vehicles, a minimalist would opt for one of each. As a result, they focus less on maintenance and upkeep. Preferring to channel that seemingly wasted energy towards something a bit more meaningful.
In the case of these minimalists, it appears that they channeled their energy the right way. History has reaped the rewards of successful minimalists for decades. Ironically, buying their art, ideas and products by the closetful.
Many credit Steve Jobs’ minimalist design philosophy for Apple’s unprecedented success. The size of Albert Einstein’s wardrobe would give most Instagram models of today a coronary. Leonardo Da Vinci was quoted as saying “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Even the infamous emperor Marcus Aurelius embraced a life of extreme minimalism.
All of these geniuses realized that a life with less was simpler, more rewarding, and more productive. Disagree? Well, if you think you’re smarter than Albert Einstein, you certainly aren’t a minimalist in the self-confidence department.