There is a quote by author David Orr, from his 1992 book Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World:
“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”
I find that this quote speaks really well to the Minimalism movement – as we are all individuals who have given up the traditional route of being deemed successful and have moved on to other ways to defining our success. We do not need the big cars, or houses, or the thousand pairs of shoes to be regarded as successful. We have realized that beautiful experiences and stronger connections define us as successful. We realize that a life filled with traditional tenets of success, like money, power, fame, stuff, is empty. It reeks of discontentment. It stutters and stammers its way to depression and anxiety.
Why are we doing the things we are doing? Even though sometimes it’s hard to tell the non-minimalists in our lives, that we can’t do certain things as it isn’t something we are interested in anymore. Even if it might mean losing acquaintances, friendships, and even family relations. It makes us realize what is important and what isn’t. We are moving towards living the life we are meant to be living on this planet. It doesn’t allow for faltering or mistakes. It is clear-cut and it marks a clearly marked path towards peace and contentment.
The decision is yours. You have to choose between love and life. Between contentment and constant dissatisfaction with every aspect of your life. Between stuff and minimalism. The path and choice has always been yours. Now, it’s easier to choose the path of minimalism because there are so many of us out there and so many of us ready to support you.