Experiences over things
Minimalism led me to explore new places and chase experiences instead of things.
Minimalism has taken my focus off to accumulating things. Instead I focus on having new experiences. These past four months I have been traveling in South East Asia while working on creative projects for 2 - 4 days per week.
While a lot of people often tell me that I am privileged or lucky to be able to live this way, I tend to disagree. Luck has nothing to do with it, quite the opposite. It all started with me losing my full time job in August 2017. I had no savings, no plan B. This was the shaking i needed to look at myself in the mirror and ask difficult questions about my future. In search for answers I found minimalism. Learning more about it and applying to different aspects in my life allowed me to learn how to focus on my real priorities and values rather than continue chasing happiness (or another big pay check).Since then, I am trying to live intentionally, question every material possession, work project or relationship i bring to my life. If it does not add value or meaning to my life, then I don’t want it.
In terms of privilege - traveling or living meaningful life does not have to cost an arm and a leg. The best things in life, in fact, are free. Friendships, family, creating, writing, reading, conversations, love, six pack abs. Being happy or content has nothing to do with money. And while many thing that travelling requires a lot of money - thats not always true either. Is not about how much money you have, its about how much money you spend.
And while freelancing does not come with the same big pay check or comfortable office, living life on my own terms, focusing on priorities is something that money cant ever buy.
Live with less stuff and more life.