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" I actually think that the more something is important to you, the more it's OK to actually let it go. "
" Unhappiness isn't just the result of genetics or past trauma or career trouble. I think that some of our unhappiness is simply due to the burden of all our things. "
" We think we can't become a minimalist until our lives have settled down. But it's actually the other way around; we won't be able to settle down until we're living a minimalist life. "
" There's happiness in having less. "
" I would say that if the idea of decluttering pushes some kind of a button in you, it may be a sign to give it a try. "
" I used to pretend to be an expert on various kinds of music, even if they didn't really interest me. "
" There are more things to gain from eliminating excess than you might imagine: time, space, freedom, and energy, for example. "
" I think that 'minimalist' is a useful label for other people to identify me, but from my standpoint, I doesn't necessarily have an identity as that. "
" Some of you may think that I'm a loser: an unmarried adult with not much money. The old me would have been way too embarrassed to admit all this. I was filled with useless pride. But I honestly don't care about things like that any . The reason is very simple: I'm perfectly happy just as I am. "
" Holding on to things from the past is the same as clinging to an image of yourself in the past. If you're the least bit interested in changing anything about yourself, I suggest you be brave and start letting things go. "
" Traditional paintings have few figures in them and value negative space. Japanese calligraphy and brush paintings are in black and white. Haiku is the shortest poem form in the world. These are a few examples of a minimalistic aesthetic in Japanese art and culture. "
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" Minimalism had to be born, not out of a mere spur-of-the-moment idea or yearning for a new lifestyle, but from an earnest desire and fervent need to rethink our lives. "
" I enjoy challenging myself to try new things, going outdoors, scuba diving, running a marathon. Anything that I have never done before, I enjoy trying it out. "
" I used to like taking pictures. I wanted to capture precious moments and make them mine. I wanted to hang on to everything that might someday become a fond memory. "
" The important thing is not the measurement of how many or few things you have, but your own state of mind and how you feel about the things you have and don't have. "
" It's not as though you feel satisfied after collecting a certain amount of stuff. Instead, you keep thinking about what you're missing. "
" I wasn't always a minimalist. I used to buy a lot of things, believing that all those possessions would increase my self-worth and lead to a happier life. I loved collecting a lot of useless stuff, and I couldn't throw anything away. "
" Living with only the bare essentials has not only provided superficial benefits such as the pleasure of a tidy room or the simple ease of cleaning, it has also led to a more fundamental shift. It's given me a chance to think about what it really means to be happy. "
" To me, DIY means minimizing dependency on what others make for me. "
" We think that the more we have, the happier we will be. We never know what tomorrow might bring, so we collect and save as much as we can. This means we need a lot of money, so we gradually start judging people by how much money they have. "
" In my community of minimalists, there are really wealthy people who work at stock brokerage firms, there are people who are unemployed, but it doesn't seem to matter. We're all really good friends, and we get along really well. It's a very varied and diverse community. "
" Spending less time on cleaning or shopping means I have more time to spend with friends, go out, or travel on my days off. "
" Whether we live alone or with other people, few acknowledge the presence of another roommate. This roommate is named 'Things' and the space that 'Things' occupies is typically a lot larger than the space people have for themselves. "
" I want to create my own living space and grow my own food instead of paying someone to supply those for me. "
" You can't help but fixate on something that you're about to throw away because it's right in front of you. "