Every Monday I post Real Life Minimalists, a profile of one of my readers in their own words. If you’d like to participate, click here for details.
Today, Lucent Imagery from Australia writes about how minimalism has contributed to her vision of the world; I think you’ll find her story very inspiring! After reading, don’t forget to check out the beautiful photos on her blog.
Lucent Imagery writes:
When I look back on my childhood, I know that minimalism in some shape or form was always a part of me. My mum and I always loved “throw out” days where we would purge excess belongings or clothes that no longer appealed to us. As an only child I also loved days in my room where I would rearrange furniture, throw things out, change around posters or books and just relish my little space by reading and drawing in it.
Now 30, happily married with a gorgeous dog in our lives, and legally blind from two degenerative conditions, I find that it is of even more importance to me. I both need and desire minimalism. I need it because a clutter free environment means my eyes are less strained and it is easier and safer for me to move around our home. I desire minimalism for so many reasons. In this cluttered, advertising, consumerist, status driven world, it’s a blessing to discover the power to say no and step away from all the noise. I have no desire for hoarding objects or upsizing to a huge house or an overflowing wardrobe. I want a lifetime of travel, experiences, tastes, smells, feelings, laughter, intellectual stimulation, digital photographs, people and animals around me. With my deteriorating vision, I find that minimalism to me also means the ability to derive great joy from the simple things in life rather than lamenting those things that I don’t see. I never take for granted the smile on my husband’s face, my dog raising his nose to the air, my mum’s perfume, the letters or messages from friends, the smell of jasmine, the taste of cheese, the feel of the breeze on my face, the sound of my loved ones laughing, tiring out my muscles on a long walk. I embrace my pursuit of photography and seek to capture my unique perspective of the world. This gives me great joy as it empowers me to feel like I’m not really blind at all, yet it truly celebrates that very part of me.
In my 20s I acquired more belongings as I sought my place in the world, my true interests and security within myself. I have loved every minute of getting older and freeing myself of more and more insecurities, material items and with increasing confidence, embracing who I am at the core.
I adore that minimalism forces us to ask ourselves what is truly important. My diagnosis led me to begin this process and minimalism has continued it. I don’t wish to spend my time going to places or events just because it’s the place to be seen. I embrace a life that is full of experiences and social outings, but only if it means something to us. More and more I find my style of dressing which enables me to ignore much of the fashion advertising and wear what is practical, comfortable and “me”. I strive for simplicity in many parts of my life. However, after a lifetime of struggles with food intolerances, I have gone maximalist in my food. It is so exciting for me to finally be brave enough to try all these exotic foods when we travel or try new restaurants. It has added a new dimension to my sensory experience of the world, and I am aware that it may become even more important in the face of diminishing ones.
I am thankful that my upbringing, disabilities and experiences have laid the foundation for my life philosophies and minimalism has built the structure around which I live passionately and strive for further freedom and peace within. On my blog I share my photos, travels, daily joys, thoughts, my challenges and of course my journey with minimalism. If you decide to visit, I want to thank you now for taking time to include my blog, www.lucentimagery.com, in your day.