There’s some exciting news regarding Minimalism – The Documentary… it’s now available to watch on Netflix. This means I can watch it again. and again. and again. It’s probably one of the only films I have ever watched more than once. Why would I want to?
Because it was life changing…a reminder of what I want my life to be. I’ve blogged about minimalism a number of times, which I do believe goes hand in hand with mindfulness. The two men behind the Minimalists were big corporate guys who earned lots of money but found it didn’t make them happy. I first came across them before I first started this blog, over two years ago. What I love about them is they come across as really down to earth, friendly, normal guys. They live in really minimalist surroundings. To me there’s something freeing about being able to live without lots of possessions. I have been trying to be more minimalist since I first came across those two. So to watch their film was pretty exciting. What was more exciting as well was that they interviewed many of the people I admire in the fields of minimalism, simple living and mindfulness, such as Leo Babauta (Zen Habits) , Courtney Carver (Be More with Less) and Tammy Strobel (Rowdy Kittens). If you are interested in any of these areas this film talks with all of the leaders in these fields and their journey to minimalism and living differently.
What I love about this film is it gives you options. It shows you there’s another way to live life; away from the consumer life that the media tells us is the only way. That you can be happy with less; less stuff, less clutter, less busyness. In our modern world there’s so much pressure to do more, be more and people like those in the film, like me, feel there is more to life than the 9 to 5, the accumulation of a big house, a bigger car, more clothes, more salary for more buying. It’s hard though isn’t it? You don’t just wake up one day and say ‘That’s it!’ , there’s the debt you’ve accumulated through the years where you did buy into consumerism, the 9 to 5 you have to find a way away from to pay the bills, the complicated intricacies of living in the world differently to others, and accepting that. It’s also harder if you don’t follow the same rules of minimalism as your partner. Although my wife and I pretty much agree on being minimalists, our view of what’s essential is slightly different, but we work it out.
Watching the film really helped validate that three years on after starting down the road to minimalism I am taking the right path. We’re ready now for our next declutter, as stuff has started to creep back in. We are working on making life more simple, although a move to the country has definitely helped. I think it’s reminded me that this is a journey, and I really want to share that with you.
Have you seen the film? What inspired your minimalist journey? Are you finding it easy? Or having some struggles?