Todays topic was inspired by watching the documentary, "The Minimalists". It really made me think about the frugal way I live, the slow but steady downsizing of unused/unwanted items from my home and what motivates me to keep going.
I think I have created quite an insular life for myself and I was horrified when I saw some of the scenes in this movie regarding the behaviour of people, shopping like their lives depended on it. They are most probably really lovely, quite normal people, but put them in this situation where they are battling other humans for an item, that they perceive they need more, they become angry, possessive and not very nice at all. These scenes have been played out, to a lesser degree, here in Australia, during our boxing day and end of year sales, which are often televised and again it baffles me why people are hooked on this consumerism roundabout.
I have never been a shopper or a huge consumer, I have never had a big wardrobe of clothes, shoes or bags, never wanted the latest gadget, that will apparently make me really happy and content, never wanted more, in fact over the last few years I have yearned for less, less stuff, less possessions. This minimalist way of living is seeping deep into my bones and I love it. I believe that being frugal and being a minimalist go hand in hand and this is the way I want to continue living my life.
Even if I had more money, I doubt I could be happier. I am very happy with my simple life and don't hanker after new stuff to give me pleasure or fill a void. Give me a content family, a clean and orderly home, a home cooked meal and an early bedtime and my life is complete. I believe in having just enough to keep you going, enough love, enough food, enough clothes, any more than this is a waste and there really is no need for more.
What are your views on consumerism and minimalism?