On Minimalism: Part 3 – Your Actions
We are all reflections of our actions. Therefore, deciding which ones you want to represent yourself is important. It’s not important in terms of trying to impress other people. It is simply for your own self-satisfaction. You shouldn’t be doing this for anyone other than yourself. By partaking in as many or few activities that make you content is where you develop a personality you can be proud of.
Forget what other people think. If someone is critically judging you then their not worth your time. If I really cared what people thought then I would be no where near as happy as I am with where I am in my life and where I am going. Don’t be careless with it but understand that if you keep close to you the actions which are truly dear then everything else will be alright. You’ll stop doing things you hate and enjoy more of the moments in-between.
“If you limit your actions in life to those that nobody can possibly find fault with, then you won’t do much” – Lewis Carroll
You are in control. From the time you wake up, until you go to bed you are in charge of your actions. To make the most or as little of your day as possible. To get out there in the real world and see what is happening or stay at home and lounge. I’m not knocking on lounging, we all need to do it from time to time. But no one remembered someone because they were great at sitting around watching bad tv. Are you more likely to remember that day you went on a little adventure or sat at home feeling bored or killing time. We all don’t need to be heroes, but it is important to feel good at the end of the day. You will sleep better as you move forward to the next one.
Sometimes having the motivation to get out there and be apart of the world is influenced by circumstance. I live on a tropical island, where most of my time off is littered with beautiful sunny weather. If I am ever inside at home on one of those days I feel incredibly guilty and have to convince myself to get out there. In either case we all know when we are being unnecessarily lazy. My time is limited and so is yours, I’m sorry to say.
This final section is not so much about minimizing your lifestyle, but limiting your actions to a point where you are acting in a way which is reflective of the persona you truly want to exude. Doing the things you want to do. Finding your happy state through being alive in the moment. If you don’t like certain parts of your personality then look into why you feel that way. If you complain too much and don’t listen enough, fix it. If you would like to travel more, don’t just talk about it, act on it. Dating a person who makes you unhappy, talk to them or make a change. If watching re-runs on tv doesn’t excite you anymore, find a hobby that does. Do the things you enjoy doing and do them well.
You are a collection of your actions, the things you keep and the people you call close ones. Put them all together and decide who you want to be.