I’ve been an (aspiring) minimalist for over four years now and there have been a lot of changes in my life as a result. And, as is often the case with significant changes that take place, after a while – they’re not so significant. They become normal.
This is good – this process helps normalise change so we can build on it. But it’s good to reflect on the before and after or else it merges together, and we forget what life used to be like.
We had a lovely spring day here a few days ago. That morning, I made myself a cup of coffee and found I had a few minutes. I went out into the garden and just relaxed.
I was conscious of the fresh air, the light, the little rustling sounds I could hear, the aroma of the coffee and the subtle movements of the cat as he slunk across the grass, his shoulders moving back and forth as though he was a lion hunting in the savannah (he suffers from delusions of grandeur!).
Previously, it would have been unthinkable to halt my morning haste and literally stop and smell the coffee. It would have seemed like a luxury, an unnecessary pause in the busyness of the day and a cause for reproach later on.
Of course, previously I wouldn’t have had the time at all because precious moments would have been spent in front of the wardrobe, miserably perusing racks and racks of clothes. I would have pulled something out, tried it on, found I had nothing to go with it, realised it was unsuitable anyway and then got dressed in a rush and been self-conscious all day.
These days, it takes me about 5 seconds to decide what to wear because I only have what I love. Too much choice is bad for me; fewer options help me get dressed faster and feel better when I do.
The time saved in the morning is channelled into an oasis of calm, even if it’s only for five minutes. That’s five minutes to savour a coffee or appreciate a beautiful morning.
I want to remain conscious of this change and not take it for granted. Minimalism has brought about big changes in my life but – I really enjoy the little side effects too.
Have a great week 😊