Think of your life as a box full of things, though not necessarily material items. The misinformed perceive minimalism as a simple turning over of the box, but there’s more to it. It’s taking your little box filled with everything that makes up your life, turning it over, and refilling it with what you want it to be filled with. You might also liken it to destroying a Lego house, and then rebuilding it.
“I’m gonna pick up the pieces and build a Lego house. If things go wrong we can knock it down.” —Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”
Your life should be filled with the things that add authentic, lasting value to it. Of course, that’s not always what happens. People force their way into your life, emotionally annihilate you, and then insist on staying. Natural disasters strike. Acts of violence arise. The loss of lives continues. You can’t control everything, but you should take control of the things you can.
Be willing to spill your box’s contents and scatter them across the room. Fill it with foreign friends, a healthier diet, and new hobbies, but refuse to let others pour items into it that taint your spirit. Remember to also never lose sight of the things that matter by letting them get buried beneath objects that will soon lose their shine.
Likewise, have the courage to knock down your Lego house and build it back up. Put a cat in it or a family or enough watercolor paint to color your world in vibrant hues or whatever brings you long-lasting joy, but don’t let anything be allowed to collect dust and be forgotten.
“I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” —Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button