Simplicity is a Journey, Not a Destination
Updated: Jun 26
There was a time when everything around me began to change in a relatively short amount of time. I was losing track of what was happening and how to deal with it. I was overwhelmed with almost every aspect of my life, and I wanted to change everything at once. I yearned to live a simple and stress-free life, and I wanted to do it as soon as possible.
After reading several articles on the internet, I became convinced that the only way to make my life simple and stress-free was to declutter my house, so I began the decluttering process. After spending almost a week decluttering my small apartment, I felt ready to embrace a life of simplicity and minimalism, only to realize that there was a lot more stuff to get rid of. Yes, a whole bunch of stuff would pop up each time I finished my decluttering process.
The more I wanted to feel stress-free, the more burdened I felt. After so many failed attempts, I realized that living a simple life takes much more than just decluttering. I acknowledged my obsession with reaching a point where I could label myself as a minimalist and learned that such a line doesn't exist.
I have realized that before decluttering the stuff around me, I need to declutter the trash that was inside me. A whole bunch of insecurities, emotions, feelings, and angst needed to be addressed. My choices were influenced by my feelings and emotions, and everything happening in my life is the collective result of the choices I have made in the past. I am solely responsible for the choices I make.
I have realized that simplicity is not something that needs to be introduced into my life, but rather something that I have lost over time due to the complexities I have brought upon myself.
Simplicity is not a place to arrive but rather a path to walk. It entails a daily practice of making mindful choices and embracing the beauty of small moments. Sometimes, in our haste to reach our destination, we forget to savor the joy that accompanies the journey. There is no need to feel guilty for not attaining the same level as others who have already arrived. Instead, direct your energy and focus towards the steps you need to take in order to achieve your own goals.
By practicing mindfulness, finding joy in small moments, and taking small steps, you can bring about significant changes in your life. Let simplicity be your guiding light as you navigate the complexities of life and create a more meaningful existence for yourselves and those around you.