Wayfaring Minimalist is a quitting process. A way of life. It is a discipline to live in simplicity, not for the sake of being simple, but to have the courage to identify and shed the superfluous so we can have more time devoting to things that truly matters to us.
A wayfarer is a person who travels on foot. It symbolizes a return to the basics – to chase not after a particular destination or speed, but the journey itself. A minimalist, on the other hand, fulfill necessity with precision and elegance. He strives to identify the 20% effort that yields 80% of the result and discard the rest.
Why This Name?
A common reaction we have towards a world traveler is admiration. Or disagreement. Whatever it is, it is emotionally stirring.
We start to think about our own lives, our choices, and wonder how it would be like if we adopted a different path. We may have a burgeoning wanderlust, but what about our other passions that require us to stay put and commit ourselves to a 9 to 5?
Ultimately, I think what we are attracted to is not the activity itself or the person engaged in it. We may rather devote our time to, say, building a business, than to spend all this time globe-trotting.
No. What we are attracted to is an idea. It is the idea of simplicity and freedom – that one can simply “just go do it” and chase after his dreams. Direct and daring.
Oftentimes, we fail to live our dreams not because we don’t have enough, but because we have too much.
We have too much comfort in habits; too much security in public consensus; too much consumption to listen to our intuition; too much schooling (of the wrong kind) and commitment to discover who we are and what it is that we truly want. We have too much to lose.
Those things we thought we own – comfort, security, consumption, schooling – end up owning us. They are a drug addiction – we are not happy with it, but unhappy without. The thing is, also like drugs, it is only the quitting process that is painful. The freedom that ensues enables us to pursuit what really matters – our dreams. Hence wayfaring minimalist.
So what is Wayfaring Minimalist? It is the quitting process. A way of life. It is a discipline to live in simplicity, not for the sake of being simple, but to have the courage to identify and shed the superfluous so we can have more time devoting to things that truly matters to us, whether it is traveling, entrepreneurship, or raising a family.
I choose traveling not only because I dream to walk the entire world, but because of the inspiration and peace it brings me. For others, it could be family, it could be charity.
Ultimately, it is a mean and an end. It liberates inspiration from senseless automation; it offers new perspectives on risk and my entrepreneurial activities. It challenges me to become a better person.
Like peeling an onion to its core, we will find, through the painful abandonment of the excess, the true self who lives deep within.