In my last post, I used the simplistic metric of the number of things as a measure of minimalism. It is a common misconception, though I’d say that it’s not totally wrong: a minimalism of a thousand pairs of shoes doesn’t sound quite right.
And those 7 pairs of CW-X running tights of mine?
Well, it’s not the number that counts, it’s the connection with who you are and what you do. As “The Minimalists” Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus wrote,
Minimalism is a tool that can help you focus on living a meaningful life. It does so by eliminating the superfluous items in our lives in favor of what’s necessary, in favor of what’s beautiful, in favor of what’s meaningful.
That’s also the main problem of our times, where people look towards affluence, and where we shy away from what’s tough, hoping to buy our way to whatever it is we desire, easily and quickly – if you can count the rat race as anything that’s easy and quick…
It is in the interplay between me as my body, my tools, and the outside conditions, that the not-quite-minimalist too-many running clothes talked about in the previous post really turn out to be just about right:
Okay, one of them is new and I actually have to admit to getting it basically because I wanted to have that new pair and see if it’s really as special as it’s made out to be.
Two pairs are for general use, one is for particularly hot weather, one gives even more support than the others, and the last two are for especially cold or even cold and rainy/snowy conditions.
Figure in that my training takes me out of doors at least three times a week, and that these things need to get washed regularly, and the number does not seem so high anymore.
For me. For a nun-runner, even one pair of dedicated running tights would be too much. And don’t you believe that you will be a runner if only you get the right things.
Be first, buy later.
For me, the value I only alluded to in the earlier post goes deep: I have been using these running things to keep me going in conditions ranging from snow and sleet in temperatures well below freezing to 100% humidity and burning sun… and I’ve rather enjoyed going out for a run when “normal” people would only stay indoors and turn on the TV.
That’s what also shapes the ecology of happiness: The basic “things” that make happy are true for everyone, even if marketing and laziness try to make us believe they aren’t for us. They also all apply in different proportions and ways, however, depending on how we are, how we want to be and have to be as individuals and members of different social circles.
You don’t have to go running in extremes, but you, too, would profit from whittling down the superfluous and getting to what really matters. Above all, what that means is to get from passively existing to actively living.