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Early this week, I read this interesting post from Joy, who explains that she is not a minimalist and why. As a blogger who touches both the subject of wardrobe curating and the one of life simplification in general, it got me to realize that I never actually considered whether I am a minimalist or not.
What made me think the most in Joy's post, is that it seems she wants to be clear about not being a minimalist so that her blog, and her curation process, remains accessible to all readers. As if the "minimalist" label could be frightening.
Is La Nife only for a minimalist elite?
I don't think so. Of course, minimalists would probably be interested in the content of my blog, but the posts are intended for anyone interested in happiness, style curation, thoughts on life and society, consumerism...
My objective is to share my ideas and experiments, if it can help readers. What you choose to do with this information is yours to decide. And I really hope you don't get intimidated by my big theories and weird experiments, even if you are no minimalist.
I don't think there is such thing as a perfect minimalist, who is never tempted to buy futilities, who never wastes resources or energy, who always lives by his principles without flinching. There is no magic number, no defined rules to minimalism.
On the contrary, defining high standards and patronizing people about not being a minimalist because they do this and that wrong is, in my opinion, contrary to the minimalist philosophy. I don't think minimalism is linked to a certain amount of possessions or a certain way of life as in meditating or drinking tea all day long; I think that's very cliché.
Then again, this is only my own definition of minimalism, the way I decided to live it. I think you can interpret minimalism just the way you see fit.
So, am I a minimalist?
I personally believe that deciding to be minimalist is enough to start becoming one, on your own terms. And I also believe you can decide you are not a minimalist, and still keep an interest in that kind of questioning about material objects, life priorities and consumerism. As I wrote before, being able to question our system in today's society is already a huge step.
Now, am I a minimalist? Depending on everybody's own definition, maybe I am one to some of you, and maybe I'm not to some others. I have decided not to label myself a minimalist. This may be an aspect of my personality to some extent, but I don't want to be defined by this word.
And, after all, it doesn't matter whether I am a minimalist or not. Just like it doesn't matter if you are, or aspire to be, a minimalist or not. What matters is that I share ideas, experiments and questions with you, that you find value in my posts and that we can exchange our visions of things and all learn from each other. Minimalists or not.