We are not cyborgs or zombies or zomborgs.
We are girls and boys, men and woman, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends. Real people.
Minimalism is here to stay
Minimalism (by any name) has been a topic of interest that has been around for centuries, and will be around for centuries. If you write about it, you can keep writing about it. If you read about it, you can keep reading about it. That does not make you a zombie, or a loser, or left behind. When it comes to blogging, I think the important thing is to write things and read things that matter.
By sharing and contributing your…
- artistic passion
- special talent
You tell your story.
Minimalism for me is not about how many things I own. If you want to know what minimalism/living with less does mean to me, you can read any of the following posts:
Blogging is here to stay.
Blogging is important. When I wrote about the changes I’ve made to be healthy with Multiple Sclerosis in Lessons for Less, as a guest post for Leo Babauta, I thought I was doing it to tell my story to his readers, and grow my readership. I am so grateful for the opportunity, but the truth is, I wrote it to reach her:
“On Dec 26 I got really sick. It started with horrible vertigo, which I chalked up to an ear infection. By the evening of the 30th, I was seeing double and having a hard time walking. I knew something was very wrong and went to the ER. The emergency room doctors ran me through all kinds of tests including an MRI. They found lesions on my brain and diagnosed me with MS early the next morning.
The first thought I had after the words Multiple Sclerosis came from the doctor’s mouth was your post on Zen Habits. Instead of feeling scared or angry or sad (those feelings did come later) I felt unbelievably calm. I thought about what you said about your goal to reverse MS through lifestyle changes and along the way became a better, happier person. In those few seconds I felt no fear. I felt like I could manage what was happening to me because you were. I felt courageous.
My family and friends all comment about how positive and happy I am in the face of this diagnosis. And you know what? I am happy and I am thinking positive in no small part thanks to you. I would have never thought that I would be diagnosed with MS two weeks after reading your story. It still blows my mind that I read it at the most opportune time.
Courtney, I am so grateful that I stopped to read your post that day. I’m grateful that you took the time to share your experience. I am grateful that every time I feel scared or worried I can refer to that post for a little support. Thank you.”
Writing about my experience changed her’s. Your experience, your story has changed mine. As readers, you change me. As bloggers, you change me. Joshua, Leo, Francine, Dave, Ali, Mary, Katie, Tammy, Raam, Dan, Karol, Lance and Jane – Those real people, along with so many others, changed me with their stories.
I hope you know that every time you comment on this blog, send me an email, tweet me a message and support my efforts, you inspire me to inspire you. We are in this together. You matter.
If you aren’t already convinced, here is more proof that people want to learn about living more simply:
- Project 333 started in October and has more than 1000 participants on Facebook (up from 400 in December).
- In a recent survey, more than 80% of you asked for information about minimizing stuff.
Despite any “blogging is ending” hysteria you hear out there, Be More With Less will be here, along with many great blogs written by real people. We are not here to learn about minimalism for the sake of minimalism, but to learn to be happier, healthier contributors to our families, and the world.
Remember what is important to you and do that. Read and write about that. Love and breathe that, and them.
I want to connect, be vulnerable, love and be loved. I am not a zombie. and neither are you, even if you have a job, watch TV, and eat french fries. I may not be able to predict the future but I can promise you this; I am a real person writing for real people…writing for you.
Read another story of a real person learning to live with less at theproject333.com.