Sometime after my ‘Joshua Becker sponsored epiphany’ and the first steps into minimalism were taken, we spent a weekend with our friends ‘The A. F.’ family. We shared our enlightenment with them, to which L. jumped to the idea head first but R. was a bit more sceptical (even though she recently praised the virtues of Minimalism – ALL HAIL).
It has been very good to have friends joining us in this endeavour and taking the first steps into this practice together. We have all been reading on the experiences of others and sharing our own which has allowed me to break some mental barriers and prejudices. Anyway, it’s good to travel this road with “outside” company rather than by our lonesome selves.
On New Year’s Eve we had a party at our place and invited a number of friends to attend and celebrate our entrance into “Year 0”. We decided to call it Year 0 (actually, L. called us the ‘Witnesses of Year 0’ as some people have labelled this change as religious) because I expressed my sincere belief that 2016 (as most people call it) is the year of the greatest change of my life.
It’s the year I embrace a new way of living, the year I leave my impulsive consumerist self behind and embrace a lifestyle more in line with truly, meaningfully living, not just tracking along current social concepts.
The year where I yearn to dedicate the time to start finding and pursuing some interests, work hard on them and possibly turn them into passions. Interests that will bring me joy and add value to my life and others’.
The year I will become a better person (I wonder how is that possible? That and my modesty are my greatest virtues). The year I will slowly, but steadily, start letting go of the anchors that prevent me from pursuing more meaningful achievements, from spending more quality time with my family, more focus on what’s really important. The year I will give and grow more, the year of THE change.
I wish this was “Year 10”, “Year 20”. I wish that I had found this clarity a long, long time ago. But, then again, I don’t. This is the year, this one here, this one now. I mean, let’s face it, this could’ve been known as “Year -10”, “Year -20”, or worst… 2016!!
Sitting around a bonfire in by backyard, waiting for “Year 0” to meet us, L., R. and I (Catarina was already fast asleep), tried to clarify our enlightenment to the people present. We made a big effort, but the results were terrible… we couldn’t go beyond “getting rid of stuff is good for you and yours, you’ll have more time”.
I realised then how hard it is to ‘spread the word’ and I now know there’s so much more to it and even more that I do not know. I since have sent the link of Joshua’s words to them and many others but the responses have been indifferent.
I like to think they’re either already where I want to be or happy where they are… either way, I salute and am sincerely happy for them.
I realised that if I wanted to express myself better, it would require time to organise and edit my thoughts. I hope these explorations of mine help achieve what I could not, around the bonfire that night, whilst waiting for “Year 0” to arrive.