I was quite amused recently when a work colleague turned around to me and said, in a disappointed way, ‘oh you’re not a real minimalist, then’!
So, to back up a bit ….
I had been speaking to a couple of people about transitioning to my spring capsule. Winter has seemed quite long this year with some unexpected snowy weather and I am more than ready for spring. I spoke with pleasure and enthusiasm about some new (and second-hand, so new to me) pieces I had acquired for this capsule and how much I was looking forward to wearing them.
It was at this point that I was reproached for not being a ‘real’ minimalist!
I was genuinely amused rather than annoyed or taken aback. People obviously have different ideas about what constitutes minimalism and there are many myths about not owning anything, never shopping, sitting alone in a white cell-like room or being able to fit all my belongings into a small bag!
If you fit any of the above, then fair play to you! On the other hand, if you have tailored an approach to a simpler way of living, then come sit by me – welcome 😊.
I think any steps towards bringing more meaning and intention into your life are brilliant. They may be life-changing steps or baby steps but what does it matter, as long as they work for you. And what works for you may not work for me and vice versa.
One of the things I find most refreshing about minimalism, is that there is no checklist or entry requirements. We’re all just trying to make small improvements in our lives, as best we can.
There is no man with a clipboard going around checking to see if we meet the criteria or not!
Would I like to be more minimalistic? Of course I would! But I’m doing the best I can. And I live with a lovely man who is a maximalist! We have to compromise nearly every single day. That’s life! And life is about our expectations – not meeting others’ expectations.
So, I smiled at my colleague and gently resumed my conversation. I could have evangelised or become defensive, but you know what, we’re all just doing our best here. Me included! Have a great week 😊