As of writing this I am in the midst of moving, that is, I actually don’t have anywhere permanent to move to. So I’ve been putting my whole life into boxes and tomorrow I’ll get everything stored up at a storage unit outside of town. And I know, it’s already been a while since my last post (sorry), but I’ll get back to my regular schedule soon, maybe even before the end of next week.
Besides moving, I’ve been keeping myself busy with a couple of other projects lately, transforming myself from a ‘consumer’ to a ‘producer’, which is quite tough when you are used to slacking off all the time! But the project is going great so far and I am pretty sure that my productivity levels will only rise even more over the coming months.
The moving situation, although somewhat stressful, has made me think more about taking minimalism more seriously. I’ve been following blogs like Zen Habits and The Minimalists for several years now, but getting started with the minimalist lifestyle myself has been more difficult than I first imagined. Turns out letting go of stuff is pretty damn hard!
No one wants to be average. Not to begin with anyway. When I was a child my biggest dream was to one day become an astronaut. But it never became more than a dream because I never sat myself down to figure out the steps I would have to take to get there.
Many of the choices that I’ve later made have been random. I had no direction in life. Often, my decisions would be based on what I deemed ‘realistic’ at the time. But that was a lie. I was not being realistic; I was being lazy. The truth may hurt, but more often than not being honest with yourself is for the best.
“There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one’s maximum potential must be build on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, a rejection of mediocrity”. – Buck Rodgers
What follows is a quick list of 5 ideals that I deem to be of great importance to the 21st century male. In that writing is a subjective art, they might very well just be my ideals, but I hope you guys agree with at least some of them.
1. Create more than you consume
2. Be proactive and make plans more than you take part in plans other people made
3. Develop your personal style as you grow older
4. Always stay positive and optimistic
5. Keep learning throughout your life
More about each bullet below.
Most people don’t engage with the world in a mindful way because they don’t take the time to listen to and understand their emotions and because they never take a step back to look at themselves through an objective lens. We are so entangled in everyday life that we forget how to be happy in the moment and with the decisions that we make. Fortunately, the solution is incredibly simple.
1. Understand your desires
2. Be mindful about your wants and needs
3. Take action accordingly
More on each bullet below.