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There is a problem with simplicity.
We all know it exists; it is the elephant in the room on this blog, in my books and with its sister practices of minimalism and frugality.
We try not to talk about it. We dance around that critter with his stinky poo and pretend he doesn’t exist. Like the ostrich we think it isn’t real if we refuse to acknowledge it and hope like crazy that it will just go away.
It’s NOT going to go away so let’s examine this sucker:
Simplicity is boring.
It is exciting to buy a new gadget; is it not exciting to use what you already have.
It is thrilling to explore something novel but boring as hell to keep doing the same thing day after day.
That is why so many simplicity blogs choke and die. That is why Everett Bogue quit and why so many blogs and books and websites regurgitate the same crap over and over.
It is boring to do the same things over and over; to stay at home while your buddies are out carousing, to watch your friends play with new and better stuff while you’re stuck wearing the same old ratty underwear your grandma gave you in the nineties.
Seriously, there is no fun in that.
Why bother then? Why even make the effort to save some money and live with less if you aren’t going to enjoy it?
Because you don’t live with less just to do it, you live with less because it helps you to do what you really want.
For me, minimalism and frugality allow me to be a stay at home single mother. It frees me from the burden of cultivating a boyfriend or working a public job.
It enables me to wake up every morning and do something I love instead of something I hate. It enables me to share the knowledge that no matter where you are in life right now you can improve on things and make them better. It gives me the opportunity to share my experiences and inspire you to reach for your dreams, no matter what they may be.
Simplicity soothes the rough edges, providing a calm background so that I can focus on what is important to me without the constant consumerist chatter driving me crazy.
Minimalism, true practical minimalism, along with the sisters of simplicity and frugality are not gimmicks or trends to be talked about, passed around and forgotten. They are tools that will enable you to change your life.
They will never be exciting. Achieving your dreams – that’s the exciting part. Simplicity is just a tool that makes it possible.
How have you used simplicity, frugality and minimalism to achieve YOUR dreams? Please share your stories in the comments below.
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