Minimalism x Running

We runners love stuff. New watch, new shoes (lots of new shoes), free race t-shirts, medals, extra food, jackets, bags, socks, more, more, more.

A new month is approaching—let’s play a game together:

We call it the 30-Day Minimalism Game.

Here’s how it works…

Find a friend or family member: someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

It’s an easy game at first. However, it starts getting challenging by week two when you’re both jettisoning more than a dozen items each day. Whoever can keep it going the longest wins; you both win if you can make it all month. Bonus points if you play with more than two people.

Win or lose, we’d love to hear about your game on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram#MinsGame.

Ready? Go!

Read here – http://www.theminimalists.com/game/

This #lent I am doing The Minimalists’ 30-day game. Normally, you’d do it for 30 days, I am doing it for 40 (I am excluding Sundays). Why?

There are many things that once brought joy to our lives but no longer serve a purpose in today’s world.

Walkmans.
Laserdiscs.
Fax machines.
Pleated khakis.
Mail-order catalogs.
Palm Pilots.
The Furby.

But most of us clung to these artifacts well into their obsolescence, often out of a pious sense of nostalgia. The hallmarks of the past have a strange way of leaving claw marks on the present.

We hold deathgrips on our VHS collections, our unused flip phones, our oversized Bugle Boy jeans—not repairing or recycling these items, but storing them with the rest of our untouched hoard. As our collections grow, our basements, closets, and attics become purgatories of stuff, our lives overflowing with unemployed miscellanea.

Your life is likely still filled with things that’ve fallen into disuse, and this lack of use is the final sign that you should let go.

You see, as our needs, desires, and technologies change, so does the world around us. The objects that add value today may not add value tomorrow, which means we must be willing to let go of everything, even the tools that serve a purpose today. For if we let go, we can find temporary new homes for our neglected belongings and allow them to serve a purpose in someone else’s life, if only for a while, instead of collecting dust in our homegrown mausoleums.

On a long enough timeline, everything becomes obsolete. A hundred years from now the world will be filled with new humans, and they’ll’ve abandoned their USB cables, iPhones, and flatscreen televisions, letting go of the past to make room for the future.

This means we must be responsible about the new bits and pieces we bring into our lives today, and we must be equally sensible when those things become obsolete. A willingness to let go is life’s most mature virtue.

This essay was published on The Minimalists’ side project, Minimalism Life.

Now, as a runner, and a lifetime hoarder of ‘stuff’, this presented a huge challenge for me. I love stuff and I love getting new things and then putting them on a shelf and probably never using them again – yeah, I know.

To someone like me, who is always seeking after new, exciting and life-changing, the Minimalists’ game sounded interesting but also presents a challenge; do I downsize my running gear collection?

Do get value from 14 pairs of running shoes? Do I need a racing vest if I’ve not yet run an ultra? Have I bought stuff to tell myself I’m making progress, without having to actually ‘run’? Is consumerism more important than happiness? Do I throw away race medals?

Do you have too much stuff? Do you love ‘stuff’, or do you love running? If someone said you can never buy a new running gadget again, would you still be out there?

#MinsGame / #LessIsNow

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