After removing the nonessential things in my life, I uncovered a deeper meaning of minimalism. It’s not just about getting clutter out of the home or finding ways to improve schedules. Sure, that is where it starts, but most importantly, it’s about finding the real person you want to be. These are questions I continually ask myself –
What is my purpose?
Why am I doing the things I’m doing?
Do these things make me happy?
Simplifying life has allowed me to think about these questions because I’m not so distracted with the busyness of organizing stuff in my home or in my head. Being busy seems to be a desired social status, but having too many commitments takes away more of what we could potentially be doing – finding our passion.
Minimalism enabled me to let go of material goods and unimportant things clouding the mind. Something amazing happened after that – creativity was re-born and my passion was found.
This is how it found me after purging the unneeded stuff –
1. Spending time outside
I like to get outside because minimalism has created the freedom to do so. It’s great for meditating, connecting with nature, and fueling creativity. My passion starting knocking at the door not long after I started getting outside daily. Ideas started entering my mind and I initially shoved them away thinking they were too far-fetched.
2. The little voice in my head spoke
We all have this inner voice that speaks to us. This voice kept telling me about an idea over and over again. It kept speaking to me and it eventually got louder and louder by saying, “hey, you really need to try this!” This little voice haunted my dreams (in a good way) and continued to shout at me throughout the day and night. It insisted that I had to try this new thing out.
3. I let go of fear
Three of my family members died within a six month span. It was a hard hit in a short amount of time, but it gave me an extra push to follow my passion. It was an indication to live life without regret. I was doing it for the loved ones I just lost, myself, and my family.
I was tired of saying –
“I should’ve tried this.”
“I wish I would’ve done that.”
There was no stopping me this time. It was clear that I needed to let go of my fears. Minimalism helped me do this because simple living requires a strong ability to go against society’s consumeristic grain. The little voice in my head was telling me to follow my heart and my passion.
This is what I did –
4. Kept a log of ideas
Write them down, put it in an app, or in some type of document to help track ideas. Ideas developed while I was sleeping, walking outside, or doing whatever, but the important thing was that I didn’t lose sight of them. In fact, I still keep a list of ideas because I don’t want to forget a potentially cool thought.
5. Developed a test run
The ideas came easily, but I wanted to make sure that I could execute them effectively. I wanted to know if it was something I could do before unleashing it to the world. I also wanted to know if I truly felt passionate enough about this new thing.
The inner voice was telling me that I should write. I thought it was crazy, but I’ve become so passionate about simple living that I had to write something about it. So, my test included writing articles on different topics to ensure I had enough content.
6. The big reveal
After gathering five articles, because five is my favorite number, I decided to start this blog. This idea was even more insane than writing, but I’m so happy I let go of being afraid because I’m learning a lot and I’m enjoying every minute of it! The ideas keep coming and, yes, the little voice in my head still talks to me, which is one of many reasons I’m going to keep writing.
Everyone has a passion for something and some folks find it early in life, but if you’re like me, I found it later and that’s ok. There is no such thing as being too old to learn or too old to try new experiences. There are no excuses valid enough to not be doing what makes you happy.
Stop asking questions like…
What if I fail?
What if people judge me?
What if? What if? What if?…
Instead, try asking yourself…
What if I tried?
What if I succeed?
What if “this something” turns out to be an amazing experience?
It’s better to let go of anything that is holding you back and to follow that little voice because following a passion brings joy. Remove the unnecessary things, face your fears, write down ideas, and give it your best. Find the passion that is waiting for you – I dare you.