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Book review: Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists

GoodReads summary

What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn’t anymore. Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism…and everything started to change.
That was four years ago. Since, Millburn, now 32, has embraced simplicity. In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career. So, when everything was gone, what was left?
Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.

My impression:

If you’ve been reading my blog, you will notice I’m always referring to The Minimalist. They are two, 30-year old guys from the US, who one day decided to reevaluate their life. This memoir describes their journey, how they dived into it, and why should people consider adopting a minimalist mindset. This book is very inspirational, and I found so many valuable (and wise) thoughts and ideas about living a meaningful life. Reading this book made me think deeply about the way I’m living it, and how I can turn the wheel. I have never highlighted a book, but this one has been. One thing I didn’t like about the book is that, in several sections, they have mentioned some events that happened to them which I couldn’t link the purpose of mentioning it (As in; I didn’t know what’s the point of mentioning that event).

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

  • “Every possession serves a purpose or brings me joy”
  • “it’s only after we’ver lost everything that we’re free to do anything”
  • “We tend to hang on to things – jobs, relationships, material possessions- in an effort to feel secure. But many of the things we cling to in search of security actually drain the satisfaction from our lives, leaving us discontent and overwhelmed”
  • “We hold on to jobs we dislike because we believe there’s security in a paycheck … we hold on to stuff we don’t need, just in case we might need it down the road in some nonexistent, more secure future”
  • “if you are not happy with your situation, no matter how comfortable it is, you won’t ever feel secure”
  • “You were not meant to do any one thing for the rest of your life. And yet this idea of birthright mission is propaganda throughout our society, throughout the Internet in particular, as if each person has preordained vocation that he or she must pursue, as if evolution or natural selection or whatever has spent thousands of years plotting and transmogrifying so that you can be a writer or a yoga teacher or an astronaut”
  • “When you find something –anything- you are passionate about and you make it your life mission, you will find great joy and reward in the work you do.”
  • “We are what we focus on”
  • “Love people, use things. The opposite doesn’t work.”

You can check out the video trailer of the book on the following link

 

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