One Size Rarely Fits All

What works for me might not work for you

Words by Andrew Rocha

As a kid, I was always disappointed when the one-size-fits-all hats were too small. With age, I’ve come to understand that society wants us to believe there is one solution for any given problem.

One hat size that will fit every head.
One list of things you must own to be a minimalist.
One person who is destined to be your soulmate and complete you.

When we get attached to this concept, we close our minds to other ideas and possibilities. We ignore the fact that we’re all different; what works for me might not work for you. This doesn’t make us lazy, stupid, or weak. Breaking a mold doesn’t make us broken. It makes us unique.

Recipes still serve a place, as do techniques and approaches. When we take what works and adjust as necessary, we can tailor to what fits us best.

Consider each idea as an item on a shelf or a tool on a belt. It’s ready when you need it, even if that’s during a different season of life.

Minimalism is about focusing on what matters to you, which will be different from what matters to others. No sets of needs are right or wrong. They are simply different.

The next time you search for the perfect hat or habit, keep in mind: one size rarely fits all. It’s a concept that fits me better than any hat ever will.

Andrew Rocha

Andrew runs the Successful Steps Blog, where he writes about achieving success one step at a time. When he isn’t writing, he can often be found walking, reading, or being in nature.

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