Consumerism to Minimalism

How I transitioned into a minimalist

Words by Sushrut Kumar Mishra

For the longest period of my life, I had been the type of guy who did everything to please people. I had the urge to even please people whom I hated. I wanted to be accepted and respected everywhere, and for that, I ended up cluttering my mind, closet, and house. I also had the fever of consumerism. I had to have all the latest products and possessions. The so-called social status I achieved was for others. I benefitted nothing from it, and nobody cared what I had.

One day while surfing through the internet, I came across the term “minimalism.” The moment I understood the concept, I instantly decided to pursue it for the rest of my life. Transitioning from a people pleaser and a possession lover to a minimalist was not easy.

I had to let go of things; I had to de-clutter my closet and my mind. How did I do it?

I started watching videos and reading articles. I tried imitating the lives of some minimalists, like Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, Ronald L. Banks, and Joshua Becker. I threw away excess items from my room and resorted to three colors for my closet. White, black, and green. I kept clothes of these colors and donated the rest. I started wearing green at home, then black and white outside. I did whatever I could. Slowly and finally, I got rid of the trap of consumerism. I wiped out my habit of buying and spending irrationally.

And as I achieved the minimalist mindset, my happiness quotient increased. Now, I only have the things that I truly need and love. All the things I own are my favorite. The only people I care about are my favorite people. So all I do is gather different life experiences rather than collect things and increase my possessions.

How can you do the same? How can you become a minimalist? How can you know if you even want to become one?

Start asking “why” in everything you do. Question your deeds and habits. As soon as you start getting answers, choose, decide, and stick to it. Eradicate all the confusions and further questions. Minimalism has no definite meaning. Define your own meaning of it. Find what minimalism means to you. As soon as you find the meaning, you’ll figure most of the things out. The only important thing is to stay true to yourself.

I have learned the art of minimalism. I have learned to not be chained by possessions. And as I move ahead with my minimalist lifestyle, I want you to dive down the path of minimalism with me.

Against possessions, for experiences.

Sushrut Kumar Mishra

Sushrut is a software engineer and content writer from India. He follows minimalism and is working towards his goal to teach people about minimalism and personal finance via social media and his upcoming book on the minimalist lifestyle. He plans to become one of the faces of minimalism in order to influence people and change their lives.

Sushrut Kumar Mishra

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