Freedom is something everyone heard about, but if you ask for its meaning, then everyone will give you a different definition of it. When you say freedom, some will think of freedom in a political sense, some about social freedom, some about freedom of speech, and others about personal freedom.
What then is freedom?
Freedom is a state of mind. Freedom is an opportunity to live your life as you want.
You can be free working a full-time job, having a mortgage for a big house, car payment, and a pet.
You can also be free living from a backpack, exploring the world, trying new food, and not having too much stuff.
Everyone chooses their own freedom, and no one can say that it’s restrained because of this or that (except the prisoners), since we have chosen almost everything in our life.
At one point in life, you chose to get employed by this particular employer, and you were thrilled when you finally got the job. You have also consciously bought a house too big for your family. Or too small. You chose to have a pet. All your actions are the results of freedom of choice.
Excess possessions have the power to enslave us physically, psychologically, and financially. When you realize that, minimalism turns out to be a shortcut in life. Shortcut to freedom. You spend less time, energy, and money on things that don’t really matter, so you can focus only on the essentials, thus increasing your freedom. You ran away from the trappings of the modern world, from debt, clutter, overbooked schedule, and all the things you don’t like anymore.
Less Stuff = More Time
Less Spending = More Money
Less Worry = More Hope
Less Items = More Space
Less Obligations = More Passion Projects
Less Location Ties = More Traveling
Less Planning = More Doing
Less Diets = More Healthy Living
Less Alcohol = More Water
Less Comparison = More Freedom from Fear, Worry, and The Trappings of The Consumer Culture
Less Driving = More Walking
Less Work = More Play
Less Indoors = More Nature
Less Losing = More Winning
Less Ego = More Excellence
Less Frowning = More Smiling
Less Complaining = More Encouraging
Less Clothes = More Closet Space
Less Furniture = More Room
Less Stress = More Sleep
Less Doubting = More Believing
Less Talking = More Listening
Less Fear = More Adventure
Less Anchors = More Freedom
Less Hate = More Love
Less Sadness = More Happiness
Less Consuming = More Creating
Less Busywork = More Impact
Less Noise = More Silence
Less Uncertainty = More Meaning
Less Stuff = More Life
Less = More
Less = Better
Less = Freedom
Minimalism = Freedom
Minimalism can help in all that. Considering this, minimalism is a lifestyle that can give us true freedom.
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