*Inspired by the Best-Seller The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight*
Many of us have heard of minimalism. The act of living life with as few material objects as possible, decluttering regularly and keeping what is only absolutely essential to you. Minimalism has become somewhat of a trend, and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t seen the benefits of physical decluttering. Just last year I had a major clear out of books, clothes, makeup, and everything else I didn’t need in my life anymore. When you’re done, you’re left with stuff you really love, and feel like you have decluttered your mind a little bit too.
But what happens when our minds actually get cluttered? Our mental space needs to be decluttered too. And the best way to do this, according to Sarah Knight, is to clear out your f*cks.
Obviously there are some things in life that you are forced to care about, even if you’d rather not. For example, the parts of your work that you don’t like. But there are so many things we don’t need to care about, and yet focus all of our energy on.
For example, my anxiety makes me focus on the most insignificant things. I’ll be perfectly fine, and then suddenly remember something that happened three years ago, and then I’ll turn into a ball of anxiety worrying about something that isn’t even relevant anymore. Even if it’s out of my control, I found myself worrying.
It really all comes back to what you allow yourself to focus on. It is, essentially, about deciding what you do and don’t want to give a f*ck about. And I really love this concept.
When I first read this book, I made a huge list of everything I could find that was cluttering up my mental space. Things I wanted to try, shows I wanted to watch, books I wanted to read, places I wanted to go, opinions, ideas, anxiety, curiosity… you’d be surprise how much comes up when you just take notes of your thoughts for a while.
After I had this list, I just culled it deciding what I was and wasn’t going to care about. Do I really care about keeping up with the Kardashians? No? Crossed off the list and officially out of my mental space. Do I really care about veganism? Yes. It’s a health and ethical choice I really believe in, so I feel happy caring about it. Trying to finish that book I started but didn’t really like? No, I’m not going to care about that anymore. Life is too short.
Obviously, I highly recommend you read the book. It was a total game changer for me, and I’ve only talked about the first four pages in this blog post. Would you maybe be interested in seeing more about this topic? Let me know in the comments, I’m in two minds about continuing with this topic.
Lots of love,
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