Minimalism is having a moment.
And my brother was ahead of the game.
When he was at university, he had a philosophy of only trying to accomplish “one thing” in a day, for example a “thing” might be going to the post office.
Eating, sleeping playing the guitar and watching TV seen as “core tasks”, which he enjoyed, or were necessary. Other activities (studying, administrative items) were seen as intrusions to the schedule and were minimised.
This wasn’t amazing for his degree, but he plays the guitar very well, and has an innate understanding of media and storytelling and this is where he now works despite the lack of qualifications.
Many people have written about how routine can “declutter” our lives and lead to us accomplishing more. I’m certainly a person who can live, and prefers to live without many objects. I’ve been able to fit my life into two suitcases for the past five years, however I have sometimes felt that I allow things which are not important to me to “clutter” my time.
But for one month this summer, I will be privileged to be able to spend 4 weeks on 4 main tasks:
walking, sleeping eating and drawing on the Camino de Santiago.
(From what I’ve read, there’s a possibility that “foot care” may become an intrusive item.)
I’m looking forward to this sparse schedule, but the exact choice of camino is likely to significantly impact this experience. It’s something I’ll be giving consideration to in the next few days.