I know that I have been behind on this photo challenge that I dedicated myself to, Project 52, but I promise you that I have been slowing catching up. While this post is a little out of order, I really wanted to get it on the blog since it’s been on my mind. Skipping ahead to week 41 with the prompt of “Step Back,” I knew the perfect example of what I was going to capture.
I have been on a minimalism kick for the better part of this year, stemming from a documentary I watched on Netflix called simply “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.” Now, a lot of people can easily confuse minimalism with just the easy fact of having less. However, the Minimalists do a great job of explaining it on their site, but the summed up version is:
Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
I have truly enjoyed my journey through applied minimalism to my life and I definitely feel a lot more free than I did months ago. I have way less to look after (even though I still have a lot – it’s a work in progress), and I feel as if I can determine whether or not objects or tangibles should enter my life.
One of the Minimalists’ books that they have out is called Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life and it walks through key areas of your life that are the most important to focus on. One chapter that really hit me was the one on relationships. It challenged me to look at all the individuals that I interact with and label the impact they have on your life.
Being a people-pleaser and a people-person, it can get tough for me to let go of people who aren’t adding value to my life because I don’t want that person to think badly of me. In turn, I pour so much into all the people who I interact with and never get that reciprocated – leaving me empty.
Taking a step back from relationships that aren’t necessarily bad, but aren’t really adding anything to my life has been so FREEING! I feel like I can finally give priority to the people and best friends who matter most to me.
Which brings me back to the prompt, step back. It has been so freeing to see the benefit of letting go of relationships that aren’t as important as key family members, best friends, and those who you want to be more prominent in your life. For some people, like my two dear friends in the photo, this comes easily and is so inspiring.