Minimalism, a documentary about important things is a documentary discussing the current situation with consumerism (find it here and buy easily on Vimeo here). I’ve already written about minimalism in my blog and people who read this are probably familiar with the concept as well so I’m not going to explain what minimalism means, I just write a couple of thoughts I’ve had in my mind since watching the film.
The documentary follows the Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, on road during their book tour and introduces a bunch of minimalist people including bloggers and entrepreneurs as well as researchers and scientists and examines minimalism both on individual and social level. It’s clear and beautifully done and most importantly gave me confirmation and a very comforting feeling that I know what I want, that this is what I want.
I’ve actually watched the film twice because of the huge impact it had on me. I’ve read a lot about minimalism and simplifying during years. I’ve known for a long time that I like simple style and I’ve experienced during the past few years how easy my life can be on everyday level if I have less and focus on important.
However, this was the first time when I felt this clearly how I don’t want to be valued and defined mainly by what I own instead of being valued and defined by my thoughts, actions and feelings and everything else I find truly important. We all need things around us. I like good quality and don’t mind spending money to buy what I really like – and I enjoy having only what I really like – but I don’t want to be in a circle where I constantly need to buy more to be accepted and to prove who I am. I just don’t want it. It’s that simple.
Also, I’ve felt a bit alone with my minimalism. I wrote about simplifying in my own language for years and not many was interested and I felt quite alone with my thoughts. Now there’s a boom in Finland around the Japanese KonMari method and the direction is absolutely right of course and I like the aesthetic side of the method. It’s still a lot of thought around what we own and how we organize it to make our life look momentarily perfect.
I’ve missed the feeling of belonging and found the documentary comforting that way. There are a lot of people in the world who think the same way as I do, I’m not alone with my thoughts. They might be far away but they are there. I really enjoyed watching the film and have watched a half of the extra material already. Loving the Minimalists quote in the end of the film: Love people and use things because the opposite never works. One of my favorite ever quotes. Watch the film and let me know what you think. xx