Nobody who is interested in minimalism is trying to buy more stuff. We’re all trying, to varying levels, to consume less, be more thoughtful about what we do have to buy, and jump off the consumer merry-go-round.
And while there are lots of people who are shunning ‘stuff’, I can see a slow creep of a new trend where ‘stuff’ is being replaced by ‘experience’.
Don’t get me wrong, people can choose to live their lives in whatever way makes them happy; I’m not judging. I just find it interesting that in circles where items are decreasing in worth, the social currency of owning the newest car has been replaced by having the most fulfilling experience.
It’s a new type of social currency and is a fascinating lesson in human behaviour. There is still competition among people who have essentially opted out of competing in the traditional consumerist, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses sense of the word.
I’m guilty of it myself. We have stopped buying ‘stuff’ but we’ve bought plane tickets instead and have had four weekends away in the past six weeks.
Did I become a minimalist in order to have more money to spend on travel? Partly. But it doesn’t stop the inevitable low feeling of getting back to the grind on a Monday (and that’s coming from a person who really likes their job).
By choosing minimalism I’m removing the items in my life to make way for a more fulfilling life but I don’t think that buying an experience instead of a new outfit is the way to go, no matter how happy I am travelling.
I think I need to look more closely at just what I’m trying to achieve, what I’m trying to make space in my life for rather than filling it automatically with something else.
I don’t have the answers yet, but I’ll definitely keep talking to you all about it and let you know when I do.