Most blogs about minimalism are written by younger people. Some quite young in their 20’s. I kinda chuckle at their take on being minimalists for a year or so. Plus, there’s only so many years they’ve got under their belt. That is NOT a criticism. I applaud their courage and journey.
Still, having been on this journey for over 7 years and probably longer at different times in my life, with experience and age does come wisdom. In our twenties, we were total minimalists simply because we had no money to be otherwise. Poverty or lack of money makes minimalism seem petty as it’s really not a choice as such. Yet, we built our little wood couch, used orange crates as bookcases, gleamed free stuff from the dump when we could. We were hippies and loved our simple life. Yet, we were also broke.
Back in the 1970’s, after college, we couldn’t find any decent jobs, so we started our own business, Shiatsu massage and, spiritual counseling( I had just finished my graduate work). We later opened a bookstore and that was great too but made no money and we eventually closed it.
Most of that now, I see as part of our life journey but none the less the quips of the popular psychology of ‘follow your dream, follow your heart’ didn’t ever bring us fame or fortune, or a job, but years of struggling. We were minimalists out of necessity.
So many years later, after raising 2 children, and being in a different phase of our lives, minimalism comes full circle intentionally. We had a good number of years accumulating stuff too.
People getting older need to simplify their lives. They need to have less clutter and crap around them in order to be more present in their older years. Plus who wants to burden their children with stuff. Plus, it makes keeping up with housework and chores easier and more efficient.
We’ve decluttered many times and I’m sure there will be more to come. Moving toward being in ones mid to late 60’s is quite the experience.
With all things, there are many seasons to one’s life. Living minimally now is so important. We don’t need a lot of extras, just enough. I think just enough is perfect.
2 thoughts on “Minimalism: older and wiser”
It is always a good thing to look at how we live our lives – living intentionally is much more important in a world that seems so disconnected from real life – as in lived most often through one screen or another.
I think intentionally is really the key.