Minimalism: This term can sometimes be full of a lot emotion. These emotions for me personally can be feelings of inspiration and feels of regret and even feelings of judgement. However, that is not what minimalism is. To me Minimalism can be defined as Arranging your stuff, friends, and the rest of your life so the only things that remain add value to your life and the world around you. Now that sentence is not very clear because we are boiling down something that people use guide their life in only a sentence. The Minimalists define it in their own way.
What I am going to do is first examine all of my inputs (TV shows I watch, Websites I use, games I play, music I listen to, things I read, places I go.) seeing which inputs add value to my life. Then cutting out all of the ones that don't help me reach my goals, that don't promote kindness, that don't show me how to better use my time for the betterment of humanity.
My belongings see which of material objects are no longer adding value to my life. An example of this would be books. If I have a read a book and retained the knowledge in my head what is the benefit of holding onto that book. The book has more value in someone else's hands as they read and gain knowledge.
My roles, positions, and goals. I want to examine these to see what I am doing just because I fell into doing it and what actually is allowing me to add value to the world and is adding value to me.
###For My Friends & Family### I love that my friends and family think of me as someone important enough to spend time choosing and purchasing things for me. I truly appreciate every gift I have ever been given. However, this experiment is not about getting rid of stuff so I can add more, it is about reducing the excess in my life. So if you every feel compelled to buy something for me please consider buying a consumable ( food, gift cards, etc.) or an experience ( A movie ticket, take me on a picnic, have me over for a delicious dinner, etc.) instead of adding an object to my life. If you really want to buy me an object feel free to ask and if I need anything and if I do I will happily let you know.
This does not mean I will be living my life devoid of stuff this just means I will be living my life devoid of what I consider to be excess stuff, essentially things that do not add value to me or the world around me.
I have finished writing this post, but this does not mean I have figured out everything in relation to minimalism, or what I am going to do with all my objects, but this is a start of an experiment that will hopefully allow me to become a better human being. Let me know if this experiment is failing. :)