After quitting his job, my brother sent me (and his co-workers) a link to this punk rock song, which has the lyric: Quit what you don’t love.
Recently, I have been getting into the concept of minimalism — reading blogs on it, going to talks on it, giving away stuff I don’t use — but today the concept really clicked for me.
Minimalism is not owning 3 pairs of pants. Minimalism is quitting what you don’t love. Whether that be people, places, things, or mental states.
As soon as I had this epiphany, I wrote “Quit what you don’t love” on a white t-shirt, put it on, and drove myself to yoga class.
I was late, but I didn’t rush. With my new minimalist t-shirt on, I thought: do I love rushing, or do I love going slow?
I love going slow.
Then I got to the class and the door was locked. I peered in: the class was well underway.
I asked myself: Would I love breaking the flow of the class, or would I love going with the flow and maybe doing yoga outside in the nice weather?
Of course, outside!
Then I got outside and was too lazy to do yoga, so I sat on the bench and watched the people walk by. Outside on that bench, after having quit a bunch of frames of mind I didn’t love, and I had the space to just be.
I might not know what I really love. But if I quit the things I don’t love, then maybe there will be space for the things I love to move on in.
I did some excellent people-watching sitting on the bench there.
A delightful old man walked very slowly out of the building. He said to me: “Have you exercised already?”
“No, I was late to yoga and got locked out,” I said.
“Oh yoga, there’s a lot of pretty girls doing that,” he said.
“That’s not why I come, but it is an added perk.”
He laughed and walked slowly towards his car. I really enjoyed meeting him, and seeing lots of other people, as I sat outside and watched the sun set.
Minimalism is about not being afraid of what happens when you quit.
The world won’t end. The world won’t end. The world will open up.
The internet people I have seen go the minimalist route have all survived at the very least, and many have thrived.
So I’ll be wearing my home-brew t-shirt, quitting things, seeing what remains, and what else comes in.
quit what you don’t love cause we’re enough
live as you make it up cause we’re enough
you’ll never go without cause we’re enough
we’ll buy a house cause we’re enough
we’ll grow some food cause we’re enough
we’ll slam some dunks cause we’re enough
don’t be afraid cause we’re enough
you’ll always be ok because we’ll always be enough.
— Wingnut Dishwasher’s Union
A cute little video that’s relevant, if punk rock isn’t your thing.