Sunday, 28 August 2016

001. Okay, so I've kind of become curious and a bit interested in the minimalist movement. I don't want to talk about it too much because I am no way an expert, but I will say that the whole idea of minimalism really does greatly appeal to me- and I can't wait to try and incorporate it into my life more when I'm no longer living in-between two states. Basically, minimalism is a lifestyle movement that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By decluttering your life, you make more room for health, relationships, passion and personal growth; the most important things in life. Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favour of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfilment, and freedom. 

002. Ben loves to listen to a podcast by a couple of guys who call themselves "The Minimalists," who also happen to run a pretty cool and helpful website of the same name. I went on a bit of binge reading session and learnt a lot; and I want to insert a bit from my favourite article into this post. The article was about how the character, Tyler Durden, from the movie Fight Club is a minimalist. Now I'm already a huge fan of the film, so seeing the quotes from the movie put into the context of this whole minimalism movement really blew my mind. Hopefully you enjoy these points too... 

  1. The things you own end up owning you.
  2. You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
  3. Reject the basic assumptions of civilization—especially the importance of material possessions.
  4. We’re consumers. We are the byproducts of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty—these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra…fuck Martha Stewart. Martha’s polishing the brass on the Titanic. It’s all going down, man. So fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns.
  5. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man: No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war; our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.
  6. This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.
003. I think I might just leave this post with that.... PS. if you haven't seen Fight Club, you really should get onto that too. 

Lena x

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