For quite a while there is this one question that’s not giving me peace. It’s a question the answer to which should resolve most of my problems related to MINIMALISM.
The question is: Exactly how much stuff, objects, resources, natural elements a person actually needs to own in order to survive and be happy? What means happy?
Since we constantly talk about stuff, I thought it will be great to make a list of the essential things a person needs in order to survive in the world. So, let’s start with a list….
If you think about it, we only need access to the following four things to survive:
Basically, if you have bed to sleep, what to eat and drink, and if the air you bread is good, you can last forever – well, at least till a certain age.
You may not even have to work and worry about money if you have a small garden where you grow your own food…
Still, very few people want this type of lifestyle, where you’re isolated from the modern world and you only live to survive. To live like a modern person, to create, build, raise a family and shape the future the way you desire, you need a bit more than only the above four things. At least that’s what we tell ourselves…
The world is such a dynamic place. Every day there are thousands of new products created, articles published, videos recorded, TV series released. It’s becoming so hard to keep up with all that data that the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) condition is spreading amongst more and more people….FB, Insta, Wechat, News, …
Before I thought that this FOMO thing is simply another phony medical condition invented by the pharmaceutical companies to sell us more drugs. But this time I believe it. It’s a real thing. I know because I get that feeling every now and then.
Basically, waking up triggers a decision-making process that in most cases ends up with regret: “What to have for breakfast?”; “Where to go to have a coffee?”; “What to wear?”; “Should I sleep for 5 more minutes or get up and workout?” The moment you order something at the restaurant or you go to a certain nightclub you get depressed and start thinking about what would have happened if you actually went to the other disco…
At a certain point in my life, I was consumed by the always wanting more mindset. My thoughts were focused on a constant desire to acquire more things that I didn’t yet owner. I thought that these things will make me really happy and satisfied.
Before I fed my mind with things like: “If I only had a cooler car, everything was going to be perfect.” Or “The only thing left in order to have a perfect wardrobe is a new Nike shoes. Once I have that my life is going to be complete.” Basically, I was pursuing a type of lifestyle were I had to obtain constantly new things…that was in my 30s..
It took me years to realize that this mindless pursuit for more things won’t make me happier. The opposite actually happens. Hoping and pursuing more only makes you want more. It doesn’t bring relief. It only brings more desire, thus more dissatisfaction.
After all these years, all this time, all of the money wasted, I decided to do something. I decided to create a list of things that are actually required for a regular person to feel complete and happy with what he/she has. The list is not long and I believe that it can help you feel better.
What do humans actually need in order to survive in life?
How many clothes are enough though?
So far we talked mainly about physical objects or tangible resources that are necessary for our survival.
Even though we can survive in the world, live our lives on the planet without any interaction with the other fellow humans, or at least after we’re raised by our parents, the majority of the population can’t have a meaningful life without interacting with other people.
We want to experience emotions, sensations, love, loss, sadness, joy, happiness. Even though there is no logic behind it we also need to feel pain from time to time.
Leave a person alone in a hotel room and it won’t take him more than an hour for him to look for some sort of social interaction with the outside world. Whether this will be through social media or through the old-fashioned conversation with someone else, we crave for experiences that will put a smile on our face or tears in our eyes.
We are social animals and seek emotions constantly.
1. HOUSE – SPIRIT 2. HOUSE – ART/SCIENCE
NATURE LEONARDO DA VINCI
RELIGIONS – GOD? NUMEROLOGY
ALAN WATTS – READ! MICHELANGELO CARRAVAGIO
YOUR SOUL MATHEMATICS
EXPERIENCES IN LIFE HISTORY OF THE HUMANS
LEARNING FROM OLD PEOPLE
3. HOUSE – HEALTH / WELLBEING 4. HOUSE – FINANCE
HEALTH MANAGEMENT!!! MINIMALISM (JOSHUA FIELDS)!
PSYCHOANALYTICS: PERSONAL FINANCES!!!
WHO AM I? TRADITION – HOW TO SURVIVE?
PERSONAL NUTRITION SHELTER – OWNER?
PERSONAL TRAINING CAR OR BIKE/PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
PERSONAL FREEDOM ALL ESSENTIAL THING TO SURVIVE?
I never asked for this. I stumbled into minimalism serendipitously, haphazardly, not knowing what I was looking for. (Joshua Fields Millburn)
I was expecting breakdown of ancient world since 2015… I was prepared…not financially… but I was ready to change my MINDSET!
Are you ready to do that?….
First write down your own 4 houses plan…
QUARANTINE JUST STARTED… BE WELL PREPARED FOR THE NEW WAY OF YOUR LIFE
dr. Mitja Bračič