I’m happy to be back…
The last month has probably been the busiest of my life, and I am not glorifying that whatsoever. I didn’t enjoy it; I felt like I was spread so thin I couldn’t do anything well, and I became resentful of things I once enjoyed because I had absolutely no time for myself. It has become abundantly clear to me that it’s important to take time for myself, and learn to say no to things sometimes.
Over the past few years, I have circled back and forth to minimalism. I have been finding a version of that word that suits my needs.
I’ll explain the story in a much more detailed fashion when I can, I promise…but an event took place in my life recently that caused me to lose a lot of my material possessions. At first, I was pretty devastated; not because I was emotionally attached to those items, but because I was overwhelmed by feeling like I had to replace them all. But, I began to realize that I could view it as an opportunity to figure out what I really need and what I don’t use. It also gave me a chance to examine my habits, and figure out what I can change to limit my environmental impact, an issue I am trying to become more educated about.
I realized that minimalism isn’t about how little I can own. I use to be obsessed with becoming the ‘perfect minimalist,’ but now, I honor my needs. Maybe I don’t necessarily need a collection of a dozen mugs, but I enjoy collecting them and letting my friends use them when they visit. Maybe coin belts for belly dancing aren’t something everyone has in their closet, but they’re significant to me. You get my point.
Minimalism, now, means prioritizing what is most important to me and avoiding an excess of what isn’t. In life, we all have to do things we don’t enjoy sometimes. But I think we are the curators of our own lives, and it is up to us to decide what comes first. I am extremely lucky that I have a job I love, a major I enjoy, and fulfilling relationships. I want those things to be at the forefront of my life; which means I’ve begun limiting my time using social media, to make time for what is more important.
This post has been a bit all over the place, but I’m really happy to be writing again, and I want to write more. Over the summer, I had dinner with my friend Austin, and we were discussing the importance of having a creative outlet that is purely for yourself. This website is mine, and I realize now its significance not only for myself, but for you. So thank you for reading, and I hope this inspires you to prioritize what matters.