In recent times I have seen many blog posts, books, and advertisements on minimalism. There’s even several websites devoted to minimalism. One of which is appropriately called “The Minimalists”. The premise of the site is the story of two guys who are best friends that become very successful and earn a lot of money in their early twenties to compensate for their poor childhood. They eventually hit the wall and decide that the long hours, six figure incomes, and lavish lifestyles are not making them happy. From there they quit their high paying jobs, downsize their lives including their homes and possessions and begin to live their lives on their own terms. A motivating story to say the least.
When looking at minimalism, the entire concept runs a large gamut that is open to interpretation. Some are so extreme as to have no jobs, no homes, and only a backpack full of essentials. They hitchhike across the globe like nomads staying at homeless shelters along the way, visiting soup kitchens, and working an odd job here and there to make a little spending cash. When most people think of minimalism, this is what they envision.
My version of minimalism is surely less extreme, but nonetheless effective. By stripping away the layers of junk and downsizing their lives, the people of The Pride live content with piece of mind. Not falling for “conventional wisdom” or following the latest trends. It was once said that whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, you had better reconsider your opinion. The majority is almost always wrong.
The spirit of Spartan minimalism goes hand in hand with contrarianism. Contrarianism is simply evaluating the popular opinion, the conventional wisdom, and developing your own opinion. In terms of health, wealth, and life in general, being contrarian to the popular ways and means allows one to think for themselves. Not to be contrary just for the sake of being contrary, but developing an honest assessment of the situation. The contrarian is almost always right.
As you age and experience life, I challenge you to think outside the box, to form your own opinion, and to look for the simplest solution to every problem, rather than looking for the most complex answer.