No one is in competition with each other: it’s all in your head

I certainly don’t feel like I fit into a neat category.

(Maybe I do, and I just can’t see it objectively.)

See, I love clothes and shopping, but I am not in debt for it, nor have I paid a cent in credit card interest for it.

I enjoy budgeting & watching my expenses, but I don’t deny myself trips or fun things.

I am a minimalist, and extreme in some senses (very little furniture), but very un-minimalist in others: I have a lot of clothes, purses & jewellery… and gadgets ….*eyes glitter*..

So when I hear comments about how others think that bloggers or people in general are bragging about how little they have by showing off their “minimalist-ness”…

….or bragging about how much they’ve saved or earned…

….or how many pretty things they bought today….

.. it doesn’t make sense to me.

Sure, I live with about 6 pieces of furniture, but it wasn’t to show off.

I lived in a studio for one thing, but I was just simply showing my apartment (by reader request).

In my mind, I showed what I do live with but I never expect anyone to do the same.

I am happy and comfortable with what little I have in furniture, but that doesn’t mean that I am a minimalist in everything else too.

I couldn’t live with 50 or 100 things.

I never expected anyone to follow in the same path, but if they do or are inspired to, great!

But ultimately, it’s their life.

Just as it is my life.

It confuses me when people create a competition or fight of sorts in their heads.

So if you don’t like it, then make a choice to not like it, and stop torturing yourself with blogs, friends & people that/who don’t resonate with you.

Or at least, understand why you feel like it’s a competition.

To me, no one is in a competition for anything.

Not for money, not for minimalist-ness, not for how many pretty things we own.

It’s all in our heads, if it ever existed.

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.