Here it is
The place where it all piled up visibly. One year ago I came to a point where I was realizing how much shit I actually had that didn’t mean anything. I was just consuming without even thinking about it. In that time I always felt scattered, unorganized, and that lead over to binge drinking, binge eating, and just hanging onto everything (my theory).
I sat down one day to try an figure out what a life of less would be like. As I was searching through my systems to find something., I came across Minimalism on Netflix and thought I would give it a try.
Minimalism turned out to be a very influential and a great documentary that I highly recommend in this day and age. The documentary gave me plenty of ideas and references to go look at and apply to my life. The Minimalist Josh and Ryan do a great job of spreading the word to live with less while being more.
After the documentary, I was really influenced to do my own version (challenge). I told myself not to buy any clothes for the next month while constantly decreasing my closet. One month became 3 and 3 became a year. After the year of going no clothes shopping (except underwear and socks haha) I became a new person mentally. I can let go of things more easily and I feel way more organized because I don’t have all this clutter on my brain.
I was working at H&M while doing this challenge and it was pretty hard not to fall into the buying pattern when you are surrounded by that stuff all day., but once you overcome the impulse it is a great experience to realize what is going on around you.
As you see in the picture I got my closet down pretty small but these are my favorite clothes that look the best on me and that I feel the best in.
The process for me was made up but you can follow other ones that I’ll link. I first started by getting rid of clothes that I haven’t worn in months. Then I would get rid of clothes that I wore pretty often but were not my go to. Then the challenge took on it’s own and I was left with my favorite clothes.
The people around didn’t even notice that I was wearing the same stuff all the time until I told them so don’t sweat it, people don’t care. They have their own life’s and you don’t want people that judge you for that anyways. This is a simple filter you can add to your life for attracting people who like you for you.
This lead to everything in my life as a snowball effect. I started cleaning out my computer, people who didn’t make me happy, to even my eating habits. This lifestyle choice has changed my life for the better and I will continue to seek out value in my life.
The point is I survived and you will too!!!!!
From My Autobiography
Where to start
Might as well start with what I have the most of (clothes). In the midst of me trying to get uncomfortable, I was ready to begin this journey. I told myself to go on a clothing diet and not buy clothes for a year. Week by week I was tossing out everything (thank you Goodwill) and my letting go muscles were getting stronger. As these muscles began to form and it was taking over everything, this lead to my food choices (getting rid of bad food) this was leading to cleaning out and organizing my computer. All of the things I was hoarding and the mess I have made from trying to fill a void that was right in front of my face needed to be taken care of so I can begin to live.
Over that course of time, I stumbled across Stoicism, thank you, Tim. I could finally breathe now without all this clutter and really use my brain to think for myself. I began to actually start listening to the words spoken by people, books, artist, and making out what a beautiful world this is. After hearing the philosophy everything was coming together. Everything I have strived to learn, all the good parts were connecting the dots and forming one big quest for happiness/excitement. I was noticing all the patterns (now that I don’t have clutter) and forming my own opinions. This was the pushing point to let my voice be heard in the book I wrote and in everything I do now. Finally, my life was to have meaning and to live for something. And that one thing out of all was to be close with Nature.
Challenge from my book
Downsize your Wardrobe, Garage, and Get Rid of Unessential’s
Bring it down
Time to decrease to increase. This exercise is to focus on keeping quality and what is useful in your life. If it doesn’t have a purpose just get rid of it. I know it is hard, so start small and work your way towards clearing out your mind. Hint: You will build your letting go muscles each time and see progress. Life advise too, start small but make progress.
- Get rid of stuff that is broken
- Get rid of stuff that hasn’t been used in a year
- Then dive deeper into getting down to essentials
(You will soon find out that this is just stuff and you can do without it)
From Tao Of Seneca
Letters from a Stoic Master
On the Philosopher’s Mean
I commend you and rejoice in the fact that you are persistent in
your studies, and that, putting all else aside, you make it each day
your endeavour to become a better man. I do not merely exhort
you to keep at it; I actually beg you to do so. I warn you, however,
not to act after the fashion of those who desire to be conspicuous
rather than to improve, by doing things which will rouse comment
as regards your dress or general way of living.
Repellent attire, unkempt hair, slovenly beard, open scorn of
silver dishes, a couch on the bare earth, and any other perverted
forms of self-display, are to be avoided. The mere name of
philosophy, however quietly pursued, is an object of sufficient
scorn; and what would happen if we should begin to separate
ourselves from the customs of our fellow-men? Inwardly, we
ought to be different in all respects, but our exterior should
conform to society.
Do not wear too fine, nor yet too frowzy, a toga. One needs
no silver plate, encrusted and embossed in solid gold; but we
should not believe the lack of silver and gold to be proof of the
simple life. Let us try to maintain a higher standard of life than
that of the multitude, but not a contrary standard; otherwise,
we shall frighten away and repel the very persons whom we are
trying to improve. We also bring it about that they are unwilling
to imitate us in anything, because they are afraid lest they might
be compelled to imitate us in everything.
The first thing which philosophy undertakes to give is fellow feeling
with all men; in other words, sympathy and sociability. We
part company with our promise if we are unlike other men. We
must see to it that the means by which we wish to draw admiration
be not absurd and odious. Our motto, as you know, is “Live
according to Nature”; but it is quite contrary to nature to torture
the body, to hate unlaboured elegance, to be dirty on purpose,
to eat food that is not only plain, but disgusting and forbidding.
Just as it is a sign of luxury to seek out dainties, so it is madness
to avoid that which is customary and can be purchased at no great
price. Philosophy calls for plain living, but not for penance; and
we may perfectly well be plain and neat at the same time. This
is the mean of which I approve; our life should observe a happy
medium between the ways of a sage and the ways of the world at
large; all men should admire it, but they should understand it also.
“Well then, shall we act like other men? Shall there be no
distinction between ourselves and the world?” Yes, a very great
one; let men find that we are unlike the common herd, if they
look closely. If they visit us at home, they should admire us,
rather than our household appointments. He is a great man who
uses earthenware dishes as if they were silver; but he is equally
great who uses silver as if it were earthenware. It is the sign of an
unstable mind not to be able to endure riches.
But I wish to share with you today’s profit also. I find in the
writings of our Hecato that the limiting of desires helps also to
cure fears: “Cease to hope,” he says, “and you will cease to fear.”
“But how,” you will reply, “can things so different go side by side?”
In this way, my dear Lucilius: though they do seem at variance, yet
they are really united. Just as the same chain fastens the prisoner
Moral Letters to Lucilius 31
and the soldier who guards him, so hope and fear, dissimilar as
they are, keep step together; fear follows hope.
I am not surprised that they proceed in this way; each alike
belongs to a mind that is in suspense, a mind that is fretted by
looking forward to the future. But the chief cause of both these
ills is that we do not adapt ourselves to the present, but send our
thoughts a long way ahead. And so foresight, the noblest blessing
of the human race, becomes perverted.
Beasts avoid the dangers which they see, and when they have
escaped them are free from care; but we men torment ourselves
over that which is to come as well as over that which is past. Many
of our blessings bring bane to us; for memory recalls the tortures
of fear, while foresight anticipates them. The present alone can
make no man wretched. Farewell.
1. i.e., of the Stoic school.
2. Frag. 25 Fowler.
Another Impactful Letter
On Discursiveness in Reading
Judging by what you write me, and by what I hear, I am forming
a good opinion regarding your future. You do not run hither and
thither and distract yourself by changing your abode; for such
restlessness is the sign of a disordered spirit. The primary indication,
to my thinking, of a well-ordered mind is a man’s ability to
remain in one place and linger in his own company.
Be careful, however, lest this reading of many authors and
books of every sort may tend to make you discursive and unsteady.
You must linger among a limited number of master thinkers, and
digest their works, if you would derive ideas which shall win firm
hold in your mind. Everywhere means nowhere. When a person
spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many
acquaintances, but no friends. And the same thing must hold true
of men who seek intimate acquaintance with no single author, but
visit them all in a hasty and hurried manner.
Food does no good and is not assimilated into the body if it
leaves the stomach as soon as it is eaten; nothing hinders a cure so
much as frequent change of medicine; no wound will heal when
one salve is tried after another; a plant which is often moved can
never grow strong. There is nothing so efficacious that it can be
helpful while it is being shifted about. And in reading of many
books is distraction.
Accordingly, since you cannot read all the books which you
may possess, it is enough to possess only as many books as you
“But,” you reply, “I wish to dip first into one book and then
into another.” I tell you that it is the sign of an overnice appetite
to toy with many dishes; for when they are manifold and varied,
they cloy but do not nourish. So you should always read standard
authors; and when you crave a change, fall back upon those whom
you read before. Each day acquire something that will fortify you
against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes
as well; and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to
be thoroughly digested that day.
This is my own custom; from the many things which I have
read, I claim some one part for myself.
The thought for today is one which I discovered in Epicurus;
for I am wont to cross over even into the enemy’s camp—not as
a deserter, but as a scout.
He says: “Contented poverty is an honourable estate.” Indeed,
if it be contented, it is not poverty at all. It is not the man who
has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. What
does it matter how much a man has laid up in his safe, or in his
warehouse, how large are his flocks and how fat his dividends, if
he covets his neighbour’s property, and reckons, not his past gains,
but his hopes of gains to come? Do you ask what is the proper
limit to wealth? It is, first, to have what is necessary, and, second,
to have what is enough. Farewell.
1. Frag. 475 Usener
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