When I heard that The Minimalists had an Australian Tour I got excited! Only to be disappointed to discover that they weren’t coming to Perth. With my head and shoulders slumped, I accepted that I wouldn’t get to see my minimalist heros this time. So I went back to listening the Minimalist podcast and reading my Minimalist Kindle ebooks.
I couldn’t believe my luck. In conversation with a fellow minimalist (I’m not quite one yet but on the way, so my “fellow” reference is still appropriate), I mentioned how disappointed I was that Perth often misses out on tours , well because we’re in Perth.
She enlightened me!
“No they’re coming to Perth!”
“On the 9th March, but that’s the last day of my Bali trip. So I’ll miss out.”
Serious? Are you sure? Oh I’m on to it!
My Minimalist Take Aways
Did I learn anything new? probably not but it reinforced and reinspired (is that a word?) my desire to live a minimalist life.
So what did I learn. My two key take aways :
- its not about being happy or having a happy life, its about having a meaningful life….with less. When I really listened to that mantra probably for the upteenth time I really heard it! I had often thought life was about being happy , and yes it is but it is also about life being meaningful. So I asked myself am I happy? Yes I am , then is my life meaningful? I paused and pondered about how and in what way is my life meaningful. I don’t have a definitive answer yet.
- letting go, letting go of things, people, beliefs and ideas that don’t serve you. Sometimes easier said than done. I reflected on times when I have gone through my boxes of stuff and how memories come flooding back transporting me back to a specific event or time, and had I not picked up that “thing” or object I may not have remembered. So then my desire to hang on to that thing deepens. But if it were gone and I didn’t know, then I didn’t know right? It wouldn’t make that much of a difference in my life.
There were practical tips that they talked about, tips that you can find in their books and essays., simple things that you probably do already.
My Silent Torture
My anxiety levels raised a little listening to Ryan talk about his packing party. Pretending that he was moving house and packed up EVERYTHING with the help of his good friend Joshua. Then lived out of various boxes for a month. And those boxes that were never opened were donated.
So why did my anxiety levels rise? Simply because I had hubby sitting next to me listening to this anecdote that I knew would resonate with him. You see he’s the minimalist in the family and well…….I’m not! My fear set in because I anticipated that he would turn to me and say “ok lets do that” and immediate action would take place the next day! I wasn’t mentally prepared for it and most likely wouldn’t be anytime soon.
I was scared! Exactly how I described in my previous post.
The essence of my learning from this event is just let it go and make your life meaningful.
The sketcher in me took the opportunity before Ryan and Josh came on stage to do a quick sketch.