In a true sense, we are all born minimalist. Nobody is born holding anything in their hands. Fumio Sasaki interestingly pointed this out in his book, Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism. Come to think of it, it’s natural that we stay minimalist.
However, in the present world we are all swimming in the sea of advertisement, social media, magazines, etc. We can easily drown. We are told what is good for us and we believe it, consciously and subconsciously. We want to be successful. We want to be sophisticated. We want to be fashionable. We want to be respectable. We want to be happy. And we believe that material gains can bring us what we want. But no matter how much we get or how “successful” we are, we are still not happy. The hunt is endless. The things we have become our burden.
So there must be something wrong.
How about the other way around?, I asked myself. Having more is not the answer, maybe I can try having less? That’s how I began my journey. I still don’t know how things will turn out but I can definitely feel more freedom and peace of mind knowing that I have an option.