So you’ve been introduced to minimalism? Excellent. You’ve also started decluttering and selling your stuff, I see. What are your next plans then? What remains after less? Continue reading
The story begins somewhere around a rapid stream, with a group of treasure hunters in it. The stream roared and crashed to the banks, where there stood another group of not-treasure-hunters, reaching out their hands to help these treasure hunters.
Some hunters do not notice the helpers and continue to swim away with the current, risking their lives and believing that there is a pot of gold at the end of the stream waiting for them if they continue. Those who noticed the helpers? Some believed that the helpers are just illusions that are hindering them from finding treasure and so they won’t bother to be helped. Some, with full might, desired to be like those standing on the banks, happy and safe, so they swim against the current in an attempt to find a shallow ground for them to step out of the stream. They didn’t bother the helping hand. As a result, only a few made it, while the rest returned to the mercy of the stream. The rest took the helping hand and pulled themselves to safety. Continue reading
A lot of people became skeptical towards minimalism when they first heard it. This is no surprise. After all, being stress-free at work and still having the time to pursue our passions and be happy and experience lots of great stuff is too good to be true, right? Says who? Continue reading
Minimalism is a word that has a lot of meaning. To Google, minimalism is art-related. To most others, minimalism is “giving up possessions and live like a Tibetan monk”, or “living out of a backpack”, or at best “living in tiny houses with no decorations”.
Little do people (and Google) know that minimalism is not just art, but a lifestyle; not an extreme lifestyle, but a desirable one.
Quick fact: I still live with my parents. Nearly all 17-year-olds in Indonesia does.
Living with my parents is definitely one of the greatest blessings of being in the Eastern half of the world and I love it, the drawback is always that tiny nuisance called restraint.
I went to a coffee shop some other day and noticed something interesting: people of many different backgrounds are there. I saw a college student, a group of businessmen, a few families, a couple and some others who just sit and chat with their friends, and noticed that most of them are disconnected and focusing on what they were doing at the moment.
It is interesting because the modern world knows no rest, now that technology fits in to our lifestyle, and yet these people can disconnect, grab a cup of coffee and sit back, leaving technology behind.
Look everywhere around you: billboards with ads, magazine with ads, newspaper with ads, the Internet with ads and TV with even more ads. What does this tell you?