How Minimalism Always Draws Me Back

Life is full of cycles. I start off with minimalism in mind, then later get grandiose ideas for things to improve, only to eventually restart with minimalism again. Welcome to another lap.

When I was younger, I would recreate my website about once every 4-6 months. I was never really very satisfied with the designs or directions, but that was OK. I was learning a lot, practicing my skills, and slowly figuring out who I wanted to be online.

But, as I aged, that process slowed down. These days the refreshes only come once every year or two, which is nice for my sanity. Unfortunately, I tend to keep to some similar old habits that I grew into in my younger years.

I am a visionary. That can mean different things for different people, but for me it’s about a constant desire to find and execute on improvements. I seek out change, growth, and development. I’m always getting new ideas for how to make things “better”, and I don’t often stop scratching at those improvements until I’m satisfied.

The trouble is, this hasn’t ever really been conducive for the type of person I like to be. Minimalism is a key trait that flows through a lot of my activities, interests, and artistic endeavors. It’s the small things that often have the greatest impact on my emotional state.

Like this simple setting I created, which is bursting with emotion for me.

When I’m acting on my visionary impulses, I often get caught up in “more is more”, which, of course, leads over time to me feeling dissatisfied. Not only does this go against who I am as a minimalist, but some “improvements” can make my pursuits feel confusing, cause pressure or anxiety, and lead to burnout.

When you’ve set expectations for yourself that are impossible to meet without making major sacrifices elsewhere, you can end up frozen in place doing nothing at all. At least, that’s the case for me.

You can also end up feeling alone, because other people may get lost trying to follow along with you.

Which is why I’m back now, repeating that same old cycle, and relaunching this blog with minimalism in mind. Simple design. Simple blogging tools. Cut out the expectations and the bloat.

Just putting words on (virtual) paper.

The difference is: This time I’m going to actively remind myself regularly to cut out the excess. Simplicity has to stay at the core of what I’m doing, or else I might just end up resetting again.

Of course, simplicity doesn’t mean boring, but we’ll get to that another day. For now, I just wanted to say, “Welcome to the reset blog! Enjoy your stay, and thanks for reading.”

2 Comments

  1. Sounds like you need a check in day. What goes through my head would be quarterly(whatever works for you) reevaluate since your last check in. What’s helping push your vision and what is bloat that’s obstructing the path.

    Seems to me that if you tear it all down then your limit your progress forward. While an occasional trimming of the fat keeps things minimalistic without sacrificing the vision.

    P.s. love the tag line “has a blog he writes on” very fitting for the recent rebranding!

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