Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." - Woody Guthrie
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Hasn't the recent sunshine been lovely, tidying up the garden in the sun last weekend it seemed not long ago that we were out there pummelling each other with snowballs. The sight of a lighter array in my weekly veg box also signalled that at last we had turned the corner and turned the central heating off! We also took advantage of the weather and visited the Deal Brocante, although I was concerned that some of the stallholders were starting to resemble hog-roast. It was such a lovely trip down memory lane, isn't it amazing how a piece of fabric or china can evoke childhood memories? I didn't buy, because over the past few months I have been reading minimalist blogs which have inspired me to both buy less and to pare down what I own. I will never be one who can limit my wardrobe to a certain number of pieces but a more organised approach has made early mornings less stressful. My dyslexia along with poor processing and short-term memory causes difficulties in ordering and sequencing so I can experience anxiety dealing with the unfamiliar and what others would think were simple everyday tasks. Despite having been born and lived in London half my life, my anxiety was heighten a few weeks ago because I was due to attend a qualification workshop there. After attending my first workshop I was reacquainted with the Underground and looked forward with excitement to the next one, but you should have seen me at St Pancras station on the first night, I thought I would never find my way home again. I have found that being in control of my environment can help a great deal in lessening my anxiety levels and small things like a weekly internet grocery shop can take the pressure off my short-term memory and my bank balance. So for me minimalism is more about simplification in order to lower the stress levels, but how I wish I had learnt this sooner but as they say 'wisdom comes with age'.