This week we are lucky again to have another great guest writer, Brian whom I've been Facebook friends with since starting my journey and have gotten to know quite well, has honoured me to write about his minimalism journey.
Minimizing for me all boils down to time. To many, the most valuable commodity we have is the time we have on this earth. And yet its easy for all of us to squander it on objects or actions that are ultimately irrelevant in the great scheme. And while the daily shedding of objects and attachments is, to me, a foundation of this movement, the creating of time is profoundly more important.
When we lived in NYC, I worked. A lot. Like almost all EMS providers, I worked multiple jobs at different facilities, at times easily reaching 100 hours in a week. At as the years go by in that mode, it wears at you. Numbs you. And honestly, one of my dreams was just to have one job. Only one. LOL funny to write that. Then, we hit the miracle of miracles and we were blessed with our daughter Jessie. And the LAST thing I wanted to do was work.
Then, a long planned move finally materialized. We are now in Charlotte, and yes, I had one job. And there is time now. Most days I can pick my daughter up at daycare, and we can spend time getting to know one another, and my wife and I are doing more than high fiving as we pass each other going to work.
SO a success story right? Well yes and no. From the minimalist view, it’s improving. I am, In the terms of one of my idols, Bruce Lee, “Hacking away at the unessential.” And it’s amazing when you really look, how little is essential. My days off have things to do but 90% are enjoyable or at least beneficial to my family. And I find myself wanting to be, truly be in what I’m doing rather than before, when my infrequent days off were spent like a slug on the couch watching stupid TV.
We have to do more with a lot less money wise now, and this is where we experience the biggest challenges. The next 2-3 years are going to be sparse, but it’s ok. I have started as an instructor and while it adds to time away from home, this time there is a plan to change to that full time. We have dreams of traveling, and showing our daughter the world and the people in it. That
we all have that realization that everything ends. Working as a paramedic, I am confronted daily at the frailty of life, and it resonates so much harder now daily. My trip home to see them is exciting and just simply being with them is perfect.
The few folks that I’ve been able to chat with about minimalism, happily relate to me an eventual lessening of worry about stuff that would drive them mad, and I am starting to get it. Crushing myself for not accomplishing all the goals I’ve wanted by this point no longer happens, there is still plenty to get done, but I’m enjoying the process more.
So to bring it back to the beginning, ( I do tend to ramble). My exposure to minimalism brings the biggest joy of all to me. Better use of time. Nobody can put a price tag on that.
I appreciate profoundly the chance to guest on this awesome blog. If at any time you’d like to see what else I’m rambling about, stop over to minimizingdad.com. There is a FaceBook page of the same name. Any of my fellow EMS providers, please say hi!!
I would really like to thank Brian for submitting this story to us. Please take the time to check out more of Brian's stories either at his website www.minimizingdad.com or his FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/minimizingdad/
If you didn't get a chance then you should check out our last two guest writers, Jeremy http://www.levelsofminimalism.com/blog/mininimalism-the-reality-of-living-out-of-a-backpack
and Amber's story http://www.levelsofminimalism.com/blog/our-journey-to-less
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