I came across a quote from Helen Keller that really resonated with my new minimalist philosophy:
What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.
This quote is a wonderful reminder of why I need to continue shedding the physical “stuff” around me and where my focus should really be. All I need to be happy is contained within myself.
I am coming to realize that I don’t need anything but me. I enjoy having things, certainly — paint, computer, music, good food — but if my house burnt down and I lost everything, I could get new paint, a new computer, etc. and pick up where I left off, because it — that proverbial it we’re all searching for — has been right here the whole time.
We are not what we own. We can’t be. Then who are we when what we own is gone?
Minimalism allows me to be me, because I no longer have anything to hide behind.