My understanding of minimalism

Stretching my legs after a long road trip from Bilbao to Barcelona.

My understanding of minimalism is that…

each person pares down his/her life to the absolute minimum they think they need to live happily and comfortably with.

I used to thrive off success in my Radio and TV career – the early mornings.. and the late nights.. and I loved being the person always connected.

I loved it. Until I didn’t.

More or less everyone in my country, Sweden, has all the latest shiny toys, everyone is in debt, everyone is depressed, everyone has stressful jobs to pay for all this, and so many of them takes medication to deal with the stress and depression of working to pay off their debt for their shiny toys that don’t give them any happiness.

Its crazy.

Minimalism is one of those concepts, much like being vegan, downsizing and so on, where it can mean different things to different people. And that’s ok because there are as many truths as there are individuals.

I am constantly reminding myself that minimalism doesn’t have to look a certain way. It can look however makes sense for your life. I think that it is something that is personal and unique to the person living it.

RVing across Spain.

The great thing about minimalism is that…

… it can work for anyone, no matter what their life looks like. As long as you are choosing to only keep what you use often and love, that’s minimalism.

I usually bring most important stuff with me when I park my RV, and every item I have in my bag has an actual value. My passport, my computer and thats about it.. so if something would happen to the camper, like the break in I had in Barcelona, I would be OK with it. And I always ask myself before leaving the camper “Do I genuinely need to carry this or that with me?”.

Bob Dorfman, a veteran marketing executive, said people repeatedly fall for advertisements like this for the same reason we fall for romantic comedies.

“We always like hearing stories about somebody who is not in a good place and something happens to them and in the end they end up happy,” Dorfman said. “Advertisers want to create some magic around a product or service. Make it something that you feel is unique or special and the fact that you would buy this product rubs off on you and it makes you a little more special, it makes you a little bit better, and a little happier”, according to Dorfman.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.

I know life experiences will make me happier and most people know that but they still choose to spend their money on stuff because they think they’re of greater value.
We didn’t bring anything into the world, and we can’t take anything out of.

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