How to have fun when you’re a minimalist
As a hardcore minimalist, I often ask myself the following question:
What’s more fun than spending money?
Minimalism is ALL ABOUT clearing away obstacles. You have less stuff so you’re not forced to work as much, so you have time to DO FUN STUFF. Obviously. And I’m like seriously into having fun.
But the thing is, spending money isn’t all that. Minimalists are NOT flagrant consumers. Therefore, they are experts at having fun for free.
Let’s think about it. I’ll sort through the fun options, using myself as example.
Well. I like going to amusement parks.
But amusement parks cost money. Lots of money. So they’re really not a perfect example of how to have fun as a minimalist.
Annnnnnd I like going to movies:
But going to movies is essentially like gently placing my money on the tongue of THE MAN, so, um. I’ll come up with something different.
And I totally adore pigging out at a restaurant!
But then the man is putting stuff on MY tongue, and that’s just gross.
Enough of that.
I should spend time hugging my Frissons (seriously fun!), or culling more stuff from my house (which has a cunning red door). The world has things enough.
(STIRRING MUSIC BEGINS.)
It’s time to cut back on consumption (seriously fun!), reallocate our resources to serve the common good (a riotous good time!), and spend more time feeding our creativity and insights so we can build a better world (which will be hilarious and we’ll totally get wasted together!).
We can create beauty together (and sweet, sweet music!).
(MUSIC CLIMAXES! VIOLINS AND TEARS!)
Minimalism is an idea whose time has come, and I am proud to be part of the movement. Also, right now, I am standing up and orating in a stately fashion. Tear-stricken listeners are carving my statue from the rock of the mountain. Also they are having lots of fun.
(The music ceases; the magic of the moment is held as a fermata rests longingly over a single quarter rest, and then the moment gently dies.)
Or I could buy this incredible teal vase.