You know guys…
I hate shopping. Seriously. It makes me sick to prowl in a store, looking for a 35th T-shirt, dress, gadget etc…
I’ve never been a materialist and even less with age 😉 I prefer so much to experience stuff than to buy and own it…and I find it so much more rewarding to discover, feel and print it in my memory and to discover again, much more! I just hate accumulating objects, feeling oppressed by them (it should for sure come from my childhood when my grandma (that I love) was storing everything, unable to throw away all this stuff..it traumatized me).
And recently I discovered that my opinions are shared by thousands of individuals that call themselves Minimalists! Like me, they have an aversion for the overconsumption that invades our world. Like me, they privilege experience and not the ownership. They prefer activities that stimulate our emotions on the long-term and not the instant impulsion with a quick satisfaction, requiring rapidly a new stimulus. Like Fast Food. Yes, the parallel is quite well chosen. After eating Fast Food, the person will rapidly become hungry again (typical biological process ;). In a similar way, the “Fast Consumption” will not satisfy the person on the long-term, pushing him (or her) to buy and consume more again and again.
Minimalists decided to stop this vicious circle by starting to consume in a smart way. They try to think about the real value of each object they acquire. Some of them go really extreme by leaving only a dozen of objects for their daily life… ok, I am still not at that philosophical level.
Indeed, and I really want to make it clear: in order to become a minimalist, you DO NOT HAVE to throw away all your belongings, abandon your career or move to an exotic island and live there with 1 € per day… No no and no. However, to become a minimalist, you HAVE to change your way of thinking. To start asking yourself such questions as “Do I really need it?”, “Do I really like it?” or “Will I use it often?”. If the answer is no, just leave it on the supermarket shelf.
And apparently, in the last few years, big companies and “marketing experts” abused a bit too much of pushy marketing strategies, given the rapid development of various minimalistic movements. One of the most popular ones is The minimalists, two guys who decide to completely change they lifestyle by giving up all the superfluous and eliminating the waste from their lives. And, in order to promote their thinking they have recently done a movie, relating their adventure. See the trailer below 🙂 #justlovedit
People also started considering a new way to trade goods. The concept of Sharing (or Collaborative) Economy is highly linked with the minimalistic lifestyle. I am going to talk about this concept in one of my next posts for sure 😉
Finally, in order to show you the nonsense of the current people’s consumption behavior (and maybe convince you to behave differently ;), here are some funny statistics that I found on one of my favorite blogs on this topic, Becomingminimalist:
- Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3’680 hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items. The research found we lose up to 9 items every day!Phones, keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list.
- Women will spend more than 8 years (!) of their lives shopping (OMG.. I am a guy for sure..)
- The average American family spends $1’700 on clothes annually…while an average person from US throws away around 30 kilos of clothing per year (super smart guys!)
- 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (I am shocked…)
- Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually on nonessential goods—in other words, items they do not need (..and they continue to get a credit to pay their or their children studies…isn’t it a nonsense??)
Keep only the most important. Only the things you truly love.
And the world will love you back.