一段时间后，成为习惯于特征的极简主义者故事of readers and their specific personal journeys into minimalism… some of their stories even ended up in our book,,Simplify.Their stories encouraged us,challenged us,and reminded us of the importance of the journey.
And even though we have long since ended the series,a number of stories have trickled in over the years as readers have stumbled across ourShare Your Storypage hidden deep in the archives. Some of the stories are too good to keep to ourselves.So we've decided to post five – one every day this week.We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed receiving them.
我喜欢“的想法美国梦。”Even though I am not American,I appreciate the idea of a life and opportunity that allows for health,a home,family,and the ability to pursue your happiness.然而，I feel the idea has ballooned into a type of"海德to the former"变身怪医”.Now,people don't just want a house,they want 3,000平方英尺，有一个小公园那么大的院子。People spend millions of dollars on"health"products each year,包括饮食产品，plastic surgery,supplements… and yet we are less healthy than ever.We pursue our dreams in terms of work – which is really just the pursuit (for most) of wealth – which leads us to work the longest hours we've ever worked.反过来，we see our families less and let other people raise them for us.Our kids are not allowed to just be kids anymore – they are scheduled each and every day.
It's exhausting to think about.我意识到我上面的肖像并不适用于所有人。有许多人能够达到平衡，能够接受生活中的一切，量入为出。But overall,这种趋势是显而易见的。Yet,我们更快乐吗？I don't know about you,但是我开始意识到简单的生活可能只是一个更好的生活。
A"简单的“life does not mean one has to go without.The truth is,我们的期望太离谱了，我们甚至没有意识到。每个家庭拥有一台或两台以上电视是如何变得正常的？Do we all really need more than one computer?One cell phone?三双或四双以上的鞋怎么样？?
This weekend I went through my closet in preparing for spring and summer (they say it's coming,虽然现在我看着窗外，却觉得他们在骗我）。As I went through my clothes,bringing summer ones out of storage,我很惊讶我到底有多少东西。I made an inventory of the essential pieces a wardrobe should have (a white collared shirt,black pants,jeans,etc.).I was able to check off most things.I realized that all this time I had been thinking that I needed new summer clothes,but the reality is that I don't need anything!!
具有讽刺意味的是，电影Confessions of a Shopaholic当我在电视上做这个的时候——我现在可能会补充说得很恰当——我在她的角色中认识到了我自己的一部分（尽管不是那么极端！).我突然感到羞愧，但也解放了。我其实什么都不需要！Ok,so the truth is that I actually needed a few things – but these are things I actually needed – i.e.内衣。所以，今天，armed with a list and budgeted amounts I was set to pay for each item (yes,I am a nerd),I went out and purchased only the things I NEEDED.It's weird to say but I have never shopped this way before,other than for groceries.It was really fun and I didn't feel guilty at all!!
I know that the"American Dream"is basically an idealistic myth – most households are not the typical nuclear family with a dog named Max and a white picket fence,but the foundation and values of the idea resonate with me.我只想有个好家（我说很好，不是很大，也不是很贵，a reliable car,nice clothes (again,stylish doesn't necessarily mean expensive),and a happy,healthy family.I'll be honest,scaling down isn't easy for me to do – I am used to a pretty comfortable life.But I also realize that to have the things I want (i.e.a family I can raise myself),I have to get used to being satisfied and more content.I need to stop always wanting more (and I have to also admit that it is EXHAUSTING to always want more).In fact,美国梦的基础之一是freedom from want".我知道真正的意义是不需要生活必需品，but today,它意味着接受和保持健康的自由。with where you are,right now.