Can I still be a Minimalist if I like having stuff?

When I’ve told friends or work colleagues about my blog, I’ve occasionally been met with a response such as this, “Oh, I could never be a minimalist. I like <insert hobby here> too much.” I then spend the next 10 minutes explaining why that’s ok. Minimalism isn’t about depriving yourself of the things you love, it’s quite the opposite.

I have a lot of hobbies. I enjoy mountain biking, cycling, running, hiking, camping, 4 wheel driving and anything else that gets me out on an adventure. I’m not about to stop doing those activities because I want to live more simply. In fact the whole idea of wanting to live more simply, is so I can focus on doing more of those things! All my hobbies and passions revolve around adventure and travel, I do also lean more towards things that are physically demanding as well, but for the most part I love adventure. If I can spend less time and less money on stuff I don’t need, it means I can spend more time on the things that add value to my life and make me happy.

I do feel that minimalism isn’t for everybody though. A lot of people like the way things are and like all their stuff, and that’s ok. One important lesson I’ve learnt is, you don’t need to justify your life to anyone other than yourself. Ultimately, you need to do what feels right for you. And minimalism feels right for me.