Minimalism isn’t just about owning less. It’s about living more.
That’s why I’ve decided to give myself a set time each week to unplug. No phone, no television, and – the real challenge for me – no computer for 25 hours. And since the Shabbat is our day of rest, it’s easy for me to choose the perfect day to unplug: Shabbat. This means I’ll unplug just before sunset on Friday night, and only get back to my computer when it’s dark outside on Saturday night.
I’ve been wanting to do this and failed before. This time I’ve put it in writing and published it on my blog, so I can be held accountable.
So what’s unplugging got to do with minimalism? Or with living more? Aren’t I just giving up part of my life?
Well, no I’m not. By unplugging for 25 hours, I’m freeing up time to focus on the things that are really important to me. I’m freeing up time to spend with my family and enjoy what we have together. Time to enjoy a long leisurely breakfast and the wicked French toast DD-19 likes to make us.
I’m freeing up time to read a book, play the piano, listen to music and enjoy the little things in life. Because it’s the little things that make life worthwhile.
I’m freeing up time to enjoy my cats. Sure, I enjoy them every day, but I can enjoy them even more if my hands aren’t attached to the keyboard and my eyes are not glued to the screen. And honestly, isn’t a sweet kitty a much nicer view than a computer screen?
Oh, I know. It’s probably going to be hard at first. I’m not used to spending entire days away from my computer anymore. Not unless I’m out of the house, anyway. Being at home, and still not touching my computer is going to be a challenge.
But like I said before: I like a challenge. How about you?