“The first step to getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t” — unknown
Lately, I have been exposed to a minimalist lifestyle. First, by the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo and then “Goodbye, Things” by Fumio Sasaki, then of course there were also the numerous Ted Talks on this topic as well.
Prior to reading this book I wasn’t aware that we buy things more based on what we want instead of what we need. It feels automatic to me, wanting something and then buying it. It never occured to me that there is a difference between wanting a thing and actually needing it. We think we would be happy once we manage to buy the things that we want but apparently trying to buy happiness only makes us happy for only a little while. And thus the pursue of happiness through buying things are endless. In the end, we’re stuck with so many things that we don’t use. I can totally relate to this as unconciously I do feel this way.
I kind of reflected on my life a bit after reading this book and when I glance over the things that I have, I do have so many unused things lying in my house but then the ability to throw things out is completely a different story. It is just not as easy as it seems. Even when I purposely search out my closet or my drawers for unused things, it is still difficult for me to find things to throw out. In fact, it has been a while since I throw things out. I really need to schedule myself to do this soon.
I can’t say that I am already running a minimalist lifestyle at the moment, I am really still far from it but I am more aware of the things that I need to buy instead of want to buy. And knowing how difficult it is to throw things out make me really think and consider before buying things.