I have learned so much while on this journey of slow living and simplicity, and one thing is definitely worth noting: it takes more effort to dispose than to acquire.
Now passion is a word that's been thrown around quite a bit and not given very much thought. I don't believe we are born with one passion and that we should follow it relentlessly to the end of our days. I see that our interests are ever changing, as well as habits and skill set.
A more simplistic lifestyle does come with its challenges. To be part of a culture where the pursuit of the American dream is idolized and materialism, the norm, I can't think of a more brave movement to join than minimalism and slow living.
This book is so practical and such an easy read... I totally recommend it, regardless if you're not ready for the new Japanese minimalism in any way.
This life was never supposed to be a breeze. That's not what the Bible says. But there is a reward for enduring; there is hope and joy everlasting at the finish line.
Once we began decluttering, or minimizing, the effects spill on to different areas of our lives; even our vacations look different now. I'm not saying we won't ever go on a big trip or anything like that, but life is simpler now, and the 52 weekends we have a year have become our ideal in relaxation.
The journey of living a slow life has been quite the journey. It has almost felt like doing a U-turn and driving past all these cars going the opposite direction of me. They're all going the same direction as the other, but it's leading them towards a very different destination.