“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali
Dali is right. Perfection is just an illusion; it is like jumping on a trampoline trying to catch the moon. You can jump and jump but you won’t get there, not without a rocket and even then you might not like it. This is the common thread that runs through Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as “The Minimalists” led “perfect lives” yet they were unhappy. They decided to take on a minimalist lifestyle so they could bring meaning back into their lives.
The world lives on social media and we always seem so concerned with what everyone else is doing. With Photoshop and Instagram filters, we see a perfect life from the people we follow, Facebook users filter out the rubbish pictures and make their holiday, their wedding, they nights out seem perfect. From cars to clothes to shoes…people seem to be cavorting their collections around social media. Does it make them happy? I doubt it.
This documentary really highlights the problems we have. We live in a world where everyone is trying to sell us something, telling us what we should and shouldn’t be doing and that having lots of something that is expensive is completely normal. Material items are status symbols rather than pieces that we truly adore. We are buying to justify our rubbish day at the office. We buy to numb our senses not to open up them. Does this sound familiar?
Minimalism doesn’t mean you have to live in an empty house. You just need to be more thoughtful about what you own and what you buy. This isn’t about saving money; it is about truly loving everything you own and leading a simpler and happier life. I will leave you with the final quote from the film:
Love people, use things. Not the other way around.
The film is currently available on Netflix/Amazon/iTunes and you can find out more here