The act of starting to write here is a challenge. Even the writing of just those 10 words took all of 5 minutes, 6 to 8 revisions and many last minute polishings, not to mention the 4 other times I attempted writing and was not content.
(The exaggeration here should be palpable, but still not far from the truth.)
Writer’s block is not the problem here, but something along the lines of perfectionism. I have never considered myself a perfectionist as I care very little about cranking out the last 15-20% of a project if it’s passable as is. Since I’ve begun writing these posts, I’ve come to understand why I’m having this struggle and its root in the very thing I am writing about. I have become nearly obsessed with the idea of minimalistic speech and writing. Developing these thoughts is where I catch myself doing the exact opposite of my intentions.
Being precise in my speech has been a task where I have found this principle most influential, because while I am conflicted in the hesitation of the ideation to existence that drafting a post allows, I am forced to craft words much more rapidly in conversation. Less is more, right? I believe this is especially true in communicating a point and so, in the future of writing the College Minimalist, I will be striving to pack as much substance into the words I choose and convey my thoughts briefly for your pleasure and mine.
“Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom.” This quote, from the website of TheMinimalists, helps me begin to unpack this word often inaccurately affiliated with things like downsizing and being a hippy or nomad. The truth about minimalism that makes me so excited to share here is that it can be defined in so many different ways. So long as it abides by a few components, pursuing the same end goal, minimalism can truly be what you make it.
Being a Minimalist isn’t measured by how many things you have to live with, but by how you live with the things you have.
In college, I have defined my own version of this. The purpose of my being a self-proclaimed minimalist is to clear the clutter to discover the important parts of my life and live them to the fullest. I try and reimagine what my life would be like with less and pursue that ideal. This ambition takes many forms in my life from the number of clothes and books* I have, to the way I schedule my time and commit myself. By not getting caught up in the “mess” of a busy and scattered life I’m able to more easily (while still imperfectly) live my life with the freedom that I find daily in the simple things.
***(Update– 16 August 2019: I feel the need to admit the status change in my relationship with books- I have recently “overindulged”, one could say, in my ownership of books and find my collection growing to a sizable amount)***
So to recap minimalism:
- It is not cultish, boho, “hipster” or a fad
- There is no one way to define a minimalist (hence the “self proclaimed”)
- As a lifestyle, minimalism can bring about change to your home, mental, digital and work life
- And living intentionally with less _______ (insert almost anything) can enable you to live more freely
Learning to be content with a simple existence… I’ll try and not be too serious with this inaugural post to ‘the college minimalist‘ (the “subtle” name I’ve chosen for this blog), but I’m writing to talk about a choice that has been reshaping my life and lending me the clarity I’ve needed to redefine the path I have been on.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Another self-proclaimed Minimalist who believes that they need to impose their views on the world through the words of a blog. But I believe my writing here can be unique and fresh while reinventing other’s ideas and approaches. I think I am entering a blue ocean of creativity and space to work within.
I truly hope to provide any reader with something enlightening and rejuvenating that maybe strikes a chord or lights a flame. While in these next few years of college as I post here, I intend to not only write for the university student who’s looking for some insight into another student living this lifestyle, but also to those interested in the topics I may discuss.
These topics will include:
- minimalism and rest
- minimalism in college
- minimalistic dorm rooms
- minimalism or essentialism
- digital minimalism
- minimalist creators
- minimalistic budgeting
- minimalism in relationships
- productive minimalism
- minimalist habits
And many more…
I believe this project will evolve over time as my current plan is to being writing weekly about topics relating to the subject I love and am passionate about in Minimalism. I don’t know where this writing and your readership may take me, but I pray my thoughts on the pursuit of a meaningful life may find you right where you are and speak to you in a way that blesses your own journey…