I am a neat freak. A perfectionist. An organization aficionado. And from now on, quite possibly a minimalist.
Earlier this week, after a lull in my Netflix routine, I came across a documentary that struck my attention. It was one that focused on Minimalism: owning only items that are necessary and meaningful in life. I know I’ve lost some of you already. In fact, when I first told my friends of this revolutionary ideal, they raised their eyebrows and exclaimed, “But what about your wardrobe?!?”
Their response was absolutely warranted. We have been subconsciously taught by the media, our peers, and even our parents that owning more is better. We are living in a material world, where objects are thought to bring happiness and more stuff makes all of our dreams come true. I think we have been living a lie.
In the past two years especially, I have found that my happiest days are ones spent with friends and family, not in the company of my iPhone. When I buy a new outfit I feel excited in that moment, but this feeling dissipates after I have worn it after a second time. Why is this? The more I experience life, the more I believe that unconditional joy can only come from the relationships we build and not the facade of possessions we create. Cue minimalism.
Instead of buying things just to feel that instant gratification, I want to focus more on building relationships and doing what brings me lasting satisfaction this year. To be quite honest though, I don’t know where I am going to start this whole mindful makeover and I have no idea how far it will lead me. However, I do know that I will not be throwing out every item of clothing in my closet sans three shirts and two pairs of jeans. That’s not me. Alternatively, I am going to tune into the items I use everyday and really question the need for ones that I don’t. The ultimate goal of minimalism is to create a meaningful life that values people over things. This is what I want to achieve.
And I would like to leave you with one final quote from the documentary that really hit home for me that may just convince you to jump on the minimalism train: “Love people and use things because the opposite never works.”
- ½ cup grated carrots
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp tomato sauce
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp oregano
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
- 1 can red beans, drained and rinsed
- In a large bowl, mash together the beans with the back of a fork. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. (I find this is easiest to do with my hands.)
- Form the mixture into 6 even patties and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Transfer burgers to the fridge to firm up for 30-60 minutes.
- When you are ready to cook your burgers, preheat your oven to 350 F. Bake burgers for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Serve on toasted buns with arugula and tomato slices.