Everyone has a story about high school. Good, bad, or crazy everyone has them. In high school no matter how much of loaner you were, you still wanted to fit in. Everyone does. There really is no fighting it. Things don’t really change that much when you grow up and become an adult. There is always some new gadget to have or new fashion to follow.
It is an endless cycle.
If you become a parent it gets even worse. Now you are not only chasing after the trends and the cool kids for yourself, now you are also chasing for your kids. It really is crazy. We are so focused on being cool that we miss out on the real meaning of things. How many little babies have you seen with with designer labeled onesies and shoes?
Are you gulity?
Does my baby care about designers and fashion? Nope.
I don’t even think we know why we do it anymore. We just keep on keeping on trying to catch up with the cool kids.
I am not just talking about people who follow fashion. If fashion is your thing embrace it and rock on. Follow fashion because you love it. Not just because you think it makes you cool.
This insanity is not strictly limited to fashion. It is everywhere. I am the first person to confess the hours I have spent on Pinterest, drooling over houses and home decor blogs. At first, I start out just looking for ideas or instructions for a craft. I end up being sucked in and, after lots of wasted time, I feel down and inadequate. My house will never look like those houses on those blogs. But, why should I want it to? My house is cool just the way it is. In its disco glory, it is home to my lovely family, where we live life and have lot of fun.
Looking at the pictures and blogs in comparison it seems that it is not good enough.
Embracing minimalism means not worrying about what the cool kids are doing and being content with who you are and what you have.
Being happy with what you have and who you are.
I saw this on the Becoming Minimalist Facebook Page a few days ago.
I think the true key to being happiness, is being happy with you have and acknowledging that you are a cool kid after all.