Documentary Review: Minimalism

Ask yourself this. How much value do you put your material possessions?
Now compare that to the value you place in your relationships and your personal growth. How do all of your life elements and priorities add up? How nice would it be to have less stress and worry in our lives? To only possess the things that matter most to us, and clean out the rest of the clutter? Minimalism is a 90 minute show that will mentally and emotionally move us. Ryan Nicodemus and Josh Milburn share their personal story of how they went from the everyday ‘rat race’ of living for a paycheck to creating a life of more meaning.

In Minimalism, Ryan and Josh decide to quit their high-paying corporate jobs and decide to pursue a life of greater purpose and relationships. They throw out everything they accumulated over their working lives, except for things that are neccessary for survival. If something did not add value to their lives, it was automatically donated, sold, or thrown out. This allowed them to downsize their lifestyles and living spaces to only what they absolutely need. For example, Josh and Ryan decluttered their closets to only their favorite clothing, as they can wear what they like most all the time. It also helped them not spend as much time questioning what they were going to wear. Josh shared a personal story where his mother became real sick in the hospital and was not able to get off work. She died soon after. This was the moment he realized he was trapped in the ‘rat race’ of keeping up with the joneses and was putting off what was really important.

Minimalism also shows stories of other couples who decided to downgrade their lifestyles and found them to be much happier and fulfilled after the process. One lady was interviewed, and mentioned how nice and intimate it was to actually share a closet with her husband. She also mentioned how unhappy she was about driving over an hour to work everyday, sitting in a cubicle, and becoming overweight. This was a couple who went from a mansion-sized home to an approximately 200 square foot tiny house. She also shared how nice it was for she and her husband to walk together everywhere and be more in-tune with the world. Another lady in the documentary mentioned how it allowed her to become closer to her friends. She would normally go out and buy a dress that she would use once and never wear again, but would now ask friends to borrow an outfit. Following the principles of Minimalism seems to bring people closer together, while creating more love and interdependence.

This documentary was a real eye-opener to me. It made me think of what was really important in my life and to prioritize what I deep-down value most. Minimalism made me think about how pointless it seems to be to try and become bigger in material possessions, in order to impress everyone. Dave Ramsey has a quote that pertains to problems in many lives of people, “we buy things to impress the people we don’t even like.” Becoming more self aware about what things will add value to our lives also helps save money and worry, which proves to be emotional and logical. Personally, I would rather live a fulfilling life that is free from massive stress and contains room to grow as a person! Happy watching!

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Hi everyone, my name is Christian Adams. I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in sociology who is looking to be a career counselor. I want to help others find what they want to do, and show them how to get there. Building this blog has created the opportunity to reach out and help others in need of guidance. I feel you will enjoy the content I post on here. Happy reading!