How Simplicity changed my way of living and why you should also do the same

October 30, 2019


"Material things don't guarantee
happiness. In fact, it is often a
picture of an unsatisfied life."


What is the difference between Simplicity and Minimalism?

Often we are confused with the word Simplicity and Minimalism. We think that these words are the same but they are not.

These words may have a similar concept but in particular, they have a different approach.

When we talk about minimalism, we talk about lessening the quantity. We strip off unnecessary elements until we are only left with parts that are only needed. Minimalism usually starts externally meaning we de-clutter ourselves from material possession which later progresses towards our mentality (de-cluttering the mind.)


"Being a minimalist means you value
yourself more than material things."
~ Brian Gardner


Simplicity is cored on the internal aspect of oneself. The reduction of complexity. The mind focused on what is valuable. It is a guiding principle that helps the individual to create spaces that is self-sufficient - inspiring, supportive and healthy.


"Not what we have, but what we enjoy,
Constitutes our abundance” ~ Epicurus


Did you know?

The word Minimalism was coined by an Architect named Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.


A little bit of a background

When I was young we used to live in a populated area. Kids playing all day and you will always see people walking the street.

We were considered poor but somehow above poverty since my parents can provide us with decent food.

My parents always do their best to provide us our needs even though sometimes it is not that easy.

It was not until at the age of 8 that we are forced to leave the place because the land were we are living was sold.

During those times, I thought that our lives would be ruined since we have no home to transfer to. With God pure grace we landed into a good community that is more settled to live in.



"The Lord will provide” ~ Genesis 22:14



Going back, my parents especially my father who is very good with academics once told me to study so that I could have a good grade and have a good job. My father always fuel me with ambition and desires to have a good life through academics since academics was his forte.

Years after. I have finished college, got a decent job and started earning money for my own. Yes, I was quite happy that I am now earning money for myself and not be a burden to my family. I even went to get a master's degree after a year.

What made up my mind?

It was during those days when I was taking my master's degree when we’re having a discussion about life and economy that I realized that I don't want to have a complicated lifestyle.

Honestly, I am bad at making a decision when there are many options to choose from. It could take me hours just to make a decision.

Giving a solution to my problem. I decided to slowly eliminate things that would give less value to my life or things that complicate my life. One of them was giving up my master's degree.

I know, many of you would think that I am a fool that I gave up my education. I even considered what my father would think about my selfish decision.

I know that he wanted me to have a good life and wanted to no longer experience what we experience in the past. But taking a masters degree is not the only way to elevate myself from poverty. I also want to be a successful man someday but I don't think academic is the right path for me.


"Whatever your hand finds to do,
do it with all you might." ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10


Other than my education, I decided to gave up many of my apparels. I gave away some of my clothing to those in need and some are sold at a very cheap price. The same goes for my shoes and books. I also lessen my connection with the people around me. I used to have many people around me but most of them are not friends but merely acquaintances.

Other things that I decided to give up or lessen.
1.     Traveling
2.   Eating at the food chain
3.   Going to the mall without a purpose
4.   Shopping


During the process I started to see changes in my life. Here are some of the benefits I gained after sometime.


1. Increased in Savings

Before I was not able to save money. I used to buy things impulsively if not I buy it for others. I even used to hang in pub with my friends even if there's no special occasion and eat meals outside.

Now, before I buy my stuff I carefully spend a week or two thinking before I go to the store and place an order. I don't want to regret buying an item that later would be placed in a corner unused. Unless it is an emergency and badly needed.
   
Also, I now prefer eating meals at home unless it is necessary for me to eat outside. Not only that it is healthy and clean but it is cheaper.

2. Improved focus

With all the unnecessary items gone. I am now able to attend to a specific matter at a time giving myself more productivity in everything that I do.

Ideas that constantly pops out of my mind lessen and replaced with ideas that contributes more to what I am aiming to finish.

3. Better health condition

Ideas. It can be healthy for an individual or fatal.

Numerous ideas gives you stress. In fact, the majority of those ideas do not contribute to your welfare. They are just things that cluttered your mind that doesn't help you to finish on what you are doing.

Saying NO to some and only minding those that are necessary not only improves focus but also lessen the stress leaving the mind to work at ease.


"A sound mind is in a sound body."


4. Found Passion

It was not later last year that I have truly found what I want to do in life. Being empty with all my WANTS gave me such an opportunity in life. It made me realize that what I currently have does not give me the enjoyment that I am seeking.

Honestly, finding my passion was not that easy because I am blinded with false ambition and desires.

5. Gained fewer but real friends

As they say, "The more the merrier". But this is not what I though it would be.

During my journey from extravagant to simple living, it was hard to find friends who are not into spending money when doing activities. It made me realized that many of my friends are too attached to money when hanging out.

6. Relationships become more deep and meaningful

The quality of a relationship depends on the attention being given. Lessening yourself from distraction gives you more opportunity to learn more about the people around you.


"Trust actions not words"


Give importance to the people around you. Never isolate yourself.

Final Thought

Living a simple life is not easy for we are easily corrupted. There will always be a set back that you have resolve. Also, it is a slow process but with great outcome.

I admit that there are minor times that I violate my own rule but I make sure that it doesn't not goes beyond a certain point.

Currently, I am still in the process of simplifying my lifestyle but as to what I have done the return is more than I expected. I started to see opportunities that comes in which before I was not able to see maybe because I was too pre-occupied.

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