Back in 2016 I had to move five times between four different cities (I talked a little about it in a previous post) and I started to resent all the stuff I owned. Anyone that has packed their belongings at least once knows how annoying the whole process is. Don't get me wrong, I love moving, but the packing and unpacking of stuff is the worst part. After I had read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and started my journey, I became excited about all things minimalism and living with less. That's when I discovered The Minimalists, and my life changed. No exaggeration, I became a new and better version of myself because of them. It was like learning a new life skill and all I could think was "how did I not find them earlier?"
I like to believe that everything in life happens when the time is right, so maybe if I had discovered them at a different time, I wouldn't have been so open to their ideas. I moved to the U.S. in 2013, and like every other tourist I was instantly hooked on consumerism. Moving from my home country of Brazil, I was amazed by the cheaper prices, product diversity, accessibility to things and so on. So I did the same as everyone else and never missed an opportunity to acquire more. The result was that four years later I had to keep packing and unpacking all the stuff I didn't need or used.
It just so happened that shortly after I found out about The Minimalists, they came out with an inspiring, eye-opening film, Minimalism: A Documentary. It is such a wake up call, that brings us back to what is truly essential in life. We get so consumed by all the advertising surrounding us on a daily basis that we don't even stop to think if we actually need what we're buying. We buy stuff on impulse because other people are telling us that we need that stuff for whatever reason they need to sell it to you. It makes you realize that stuff doesn't matter, and that the less you have of it, the more time you have to spend doing the things that actually do matter!
How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life - families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker - all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.
But don't let me tell you how amazing and life changing this documentary is. Check it out for yourself and draw your own conclusions, even if you're not interested in minimalism, it might open your eyes to new possibilities and it can be quite liberating!