Many are the times that I meet different people and whenever we are speaking about minimalism, in their case, there is no way minimalism and luxury can go hand in hand.
Well, today I want to point out that minimalism and luxury can actually complement each other. People take minimalism to be a simple living practice. I totally agree because that is the true meaning of the term. But what about when you want to live a comfortable life, travel in first class to gain accessibility of the comfort you need, visit luxurious places with the money that you have worked for and enjoy a heartfelt exquisite cuisine despite it being pricey, does that disqualify you from being a minimalist?
Minimalism gets you past self-depriving to self-fulfillment. It is through minimalism that you get to fully experience the attributes of what you really love.
In my opinion, that doesn’t mean that you are not a minimalist. As long as that thing is not an excess and you had planned for it then you’re good to go. Minimalism is a lifestyle that is after making you comfortable and keep things simple without having to go through a lot of hustle. It is about making yourself happy and be at peace and not denying yourself something just because you want to prove to people that you are a minimalist. Minimalism is about saying no to the things that you know you can’t handle and appreciating life’s good experiences and living large too. Living a luxurious life doesn’t mean that you have to live with excess. No, that is a common misinterpretation of the word.
Living luxuriously is simply living a life that gives you comfort and isn’t that what minimalism is also? in other words as Anthony Ongaro, the author of Break the Twitch wrote in an almost similar topic,
“life tends to be much more enjoyable when you’re able to focus on the experience, even if it costs more sometimes.”