Finally Getting in Vogue

I just finished reading a book about minimalism. It seems this is a very fashionable idea going around with those gurus of popular trends. Since I have never been in the vanguard of any cultural movement in my entire life, I was surprised to find myself knee-deep in this one.

Minimalism is all about having a Do Less attitude towards living. This way would allow room in our lives for the willpower to do big and small things. The book made sense because of our hyper-distracted lives. Focusing on the simple life supposedly will give us more time, joy and less anxiety.

Well, I can say for sure that MS has simplified my life profoundly. I hadn’t realized that being limited now to what I can do physically would lead me to having more free time to indulge in my favorite pastime of reading. Who knew I would also be at the forefront of winnowing down my shoe collection because I don’t need platforms or stilettos anymore? I’ve become a minimalist without even knowing I was cool and in vogue now.

I’m still working on the increased joy I’m supposed to be feeling, but I’m sure it won’t be long now. I don’t have to worry about keeping up with the Joneses because it’s a moot point. My days of wandering through a mall just looking for things to buy is irrelevant so in fact I’m spending less money. The book talks about paring down your wardrobe and only having a few well-made outfits that can be mixed and matched with accessories. Since I live in sweats, I don’t need many jewels or accessories to clog up my closets or drawers. Aren’t I just the hippest person you know?

I guess minimalism should be considered a good idea. Who needs piles of stuff around to have to sort through and clean? It can be healthy to put down our cell phones or not connect so frequently to our social media accounts. We don’t need to be tuned in 24/7. Nor do we need a kitchen full of never-used appliances.

Finally, who needs piles of books stacked high enough on the table to block the view of the person seated next to me? Call me un-cool then, because I do. Sigh. I knew I couldn’t float  that shiny new boat for long.



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