Minimalism is Freedom from Location

October 26th, 2009 § 0 comments

Written by Everett Bogue | Follow me on Twitter

We’re living in a society that is rapidly evolving to point where we won’t have to live in any one specific place. I’m currently working on a website for a woman in New York, I’ve been illustrating for a company in San Francisco. I’m working on a magazine with colleagues in New York, Mumbai, and Peru.

It doesn’t matter where you live anymore.

It used to be that humans had to wake up every morning and go into a place where they could communicate with human beings in order to get things done. But now communication has evolved to the point that people, who choose to, can interact with everyone all over the world.

Minimalism is the ultimate freedom from being tied to a place or location.

On November 18th I’m going to be getting on a train to Chicago, where I’m going to exist for the next few months, before returning to New York for a bit.

How often you move around is simply restricted by how much you should choose to build up your collection of junk in any one area. Many people are still renting large homes, and then slowly filling them up with stuff that they don’t necessarily use.

This makes it impossible for them to achieve this dream, this reality of existing without the need to be in any one place at any one time.

In broad strokes, this is how to achieve this dream:

  1. Limit your belongings to only the things that you can carry. The absolute essentials.
  2. Start interacting with the internet as a source of doing business.
  3. Start moving around. Just get on a plane and see where you end up.

Easy, right? Well, it’s not that easy, but it’s a goal you can achieve. It’s made possible by the technical advances of the last ten years.

Oh, I watched this Ted Talk yesterday by Seth Godin. If you haven’t watched it already, you really should. It’s about how ideas travel in the modern day.

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