I lived out of a suitcase for a year and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Here are some lessons I learned living with less that have afforded me a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
It’s hard to explain the sense of freedom that comes with owning less material possessions. It genuinely feels like a weight being lifted that gives you the ability to take control over everything in your life. As a result, you are no longer tied to certain responsibilities or cultural norms that create unnecessary stress. It allows you to live life on your own terms, which in itself is freedom.
In addition to being free from material things, I noticed that this change allowed me some new found financial freedom. You never realize how much money you’re spending when you’re buying little things here and there. For instance, reducing my need to spend money frivolously allowed me to pay off my debts, increase my savings, and spend money on experiences that bring me joy (ie: travel, concerts, good food etc).
I believe freedom breeds happiness. It may or may not be true, however this has been my experience. Living on less reduces a lot of stress in my life, which allows me to be more present in everyday life. I am able to spend more time, energy and money on experiences that really matter and improve my overall quality of life. Meanwhile making memories has become more important than consuming material goods. My mindset has drastically changed and living a life that feels good takes priority over a life that looks good.
Living a minimal lifestyle makes me more appreciative for the possessions that I do own. These items are either things I really enjoy or serve a specific purpose in your life. It allows me to invest in quality pieces that will last longer and offer more satisfaction. Removing unnecessary distractions and clutter allows me to focus on the things that are truly meaningful. For example, I can easily take stock of various areas of my life and appreciate all things, big and small.
In my humble opinion, life should be sustainable. My goal is to sustain my happiness, peace of mind, health and in addition reduce my overall impact on the environment around me. Sustainable living is not just for the planet, it is for everyday life and living a life that feels AMAZING.
Practicing a minimalist lifestyle makes this possible because I no longer feel the need to chase money, possession, happiness, etc. I already have all of these things by changing my mindset and appreciating my new found freedom, gratitude and happiness.