There are many ways that minimalism has allowed me to take control of my life. I’ve talked before about the connection I have noticed between having freedom and being a minimalist. As I look back on how far I have come on my minimalist journey I realized that minimalism has given me a chance to take back control of my life. When we are consistently consuming things don’t need we trap ourselves. For example if we are buying stuff to fill up our house we need money to do that, which for many people can me working at a job that they hate. If you live in a very cluttered house you my feel stressed out which could mean you spend more time at the doctors office instead of with the people who are important to you. Materialism takes away your control. Minimalism give you the control over your life to not have to work that job you hate. Minimalism gives you time to spend with your family and friends.
When I first began my minimalist journey I realized I was spending time at a job I hated just to spend money on things that I don’t need. Minimalism gave me the opportunity to quit that job and move onto things that would give me more purpose and make me happier in life. When I look back at how I would spend a 24 hours period before minimalism it actually makes me kind of sad. I would go to work at a place I hated and come home and have no energy to have a social life or be productive. I would spend most of my free time watching Netflix, shopping or going out to eat. Now, I can choose how to spend my time. I no longer go out shopping for fun, instead I’ll use my free time to do something I truly enjoy and brings me more value. I’ve found some hobbies that I really like and I use those to keep me entertained. I enjoy my job more because I was able to be picky about where I work and choose what I want to do.
Minimalism gives you freedom and it also gives you the opportunity to take control of your life and decide for yourself what you want to do without material items holding you back. Let me know how you guys feel. Does minimalism give you more opportunities to take control of your life?