Everlasting Friendships

Some friendships are irreplaceable.

I was 24 years old, embarking on a second study abroad experience in Korea.  Stepping off of the plane was exciting, and the range of anticipated thoughts of how the semester was going to pan out enveloped my mind. It was going to be an outstanding semester.

Upon reaching the preplanned meeting place of all the exchange students, I was intrigued by the feeling of an individual who was intently gazing at me.  Turning to look at the person, I found the other gentleman was not offering a menacing, creepy stare, but instead a strangely welcoming stare that was both welcoming and amiable.  

Perplexing to me, he asked if I was a bboy (breakdancer), and I found it strange that he came to that correct assumption.  Maybe it was my outlandish disposition or my dissimilar style of dress, but that was the beginning of meeting one of the significant individuals that has shaped my life.

Lee Boli, a name that would become almost conjoined to my own, and we spent the rest of the semester embarking on adventures that I would never forget.

Friendships sometimes come from the most obscure interactions, but many become so pivotal to shaping our lives that they become invaluable to our personal being.

Therefore, it is important to know that some friendships that are irreplaceable, come from the most surprising interactions!

Crucial Questions Before You Purchase

As a purveyor of the Minimalistic Gent lifestyle, you need a foundational understanding of the criterion you must adhere to before making your next purchase.

The minimalistic lifestyle beckons for a wiser methodology to purchases; ensuring clutter-free areas.  The following questions offer brief ideas to ponder before the purchase of a  new item:

1. Will this purchase cannibalize the usage of another item?

The immediate question you must ask yourself is if there is already an item that serves the same purpose as the item you are positioned to buy.  An example would be the purchase of a new belt.  As an item where you can only don a singular iteration, does this item evoke a different enough look where you will be able to utilize each belt for different occasions?  Often times we purchase for various derisory reasons that are not related to functionality, and if the item is too similar in purpose or aesthetics, you do not need the item because of the presence of your item that already performs that task.

2. Does purchasing this item cause a dissonance in who I am?

With the presence of many outside sources, especially from social media, we often find ourselves interested in outlandish items that generally do not resonate with our persona. It is important to be idiosyncratic, and if an extravagant item reverberates with your individuality greatly and it consummates who you are, than you should make that purchase.  With so much noise challenging our stylistic prowess, it can be easy to jump on trending items that look phenomenal on others.  These items though project insubstantial cues that are not everlasting in your own modus operandi. A gentleman is exceptional in his self-confidence and only dons items that amplify his personal style.

3. Does this product have exceptional quality that will last an extended amount of time?

In order to minimize your possessions, quality needs to be taken into account.  Often, required purchases stem from the replacement of low-quality items that do not last.  It is extremely easy to make smaller commitments to items because of their low costs, but weigh the consequences of these actions; including time lost in shopping and capital wasted on replacement of inferior items.  These are two essentials of life that should not be squandered, and it can be avoided through the purchase of high-quality items with long shelf-lives.

4. Will the purchase of this item cause me stress?

When making the final decision to purchase, it is important to think of the corollary of feelings associated with the purchase.  What is the upkeep requirements of this item?  Is the item’s cost so excessive that it will cause anxiety?  Salient in our analysis of this item, it is the cost of doing business with this item.  Maintenance is pivotal in the acquirement of high-quality items that last an extended period of time, but are you willing to make that time commitment?  No item is worth overtaxing your emotions, and the procurement process of attaining an item should be exciting and enjoyable.

5. Will this item have future value?

Thinking of a long-term strategy will enable yourself to rationalize why you need this item.  An example would be for a beautifully crafted luxury watch.  Will this watch appreciate over time in value?  Will this watch be passed down to my next of kin? These are great attributes of an item that will vindicate the reason for their acquirement.  The legacy of these items should be taken into account as it discourages wasteful spending, and could potentially have future residuals that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Although many minimalists will advocate for the entire renunciation of purchases, we at the Minimalistic Gent encourage the purchase of items if they are able to positively reinforce all of these questions.  Understanding the rationality of your purchasing decisions is paramount in reducing the sheer amount of possessions in your household, and these questions will aid in the acquisitions of only the quintessential items that will further yourself as a modern gentleman.

 

The Sagacious Resolution Every Gentleman Needs To Make!

In a world filled with conformity that encourages the sedative, safe net of working a job until retirement, there lies a speckle of hope in finding the joy in life without waiting for the idealistic “golden years.”  As a gentleman it is your duty to find that spark that will help you rise above the short-mindedness of society to pursue an unconventional lifestyle.  Waiting for freedom is miserable, and the Minimalistic Gent does not support settling for what is easily attained.  Therefore, the only way to find your life’s justification in this hard-pressed civilization is to find your passion and dedicate monumental time and undertake a journey that is nerve-wracking in a seemingly unyielding space.

By attempting an array of ventures, you will incrementally get closer to what you set out to achieve. Make the sagacious decision to try something new at every opportunity and be willing to think in an imaginative way.  Truly this is the best way to find the vigorous activities you are willing to dedicate exclusive time and effort into.  Always think about the payoff at the end of the austere and complicated path that has no discernible guarantee.  An unchallenged lifestyle is a sure way to being unsuccessfulness in life, so the only way to cement your prosperity is the distress of adversities.

Finding an avocation that you can commit to will stir the obdurate bounds of society that is both scary and abhorrent to others.  Do not let this negativity halt your pursuit as many have confided in the system of conformity.   Unorthodox success can insinuate loathsome feelings from those that have aversion in their disconsolate hearts.  Untroubled and tenacious individuals will support you in your efforts, so exemplify the example that they set and follow what you think is right.

Pursuing your dreams is not the status quo that most would have us believe.  Only by immense, obsessive hard work and indefatigable belief in your aspirations will you achieve the eminence that you deserve as a gentleman.  The Minimalistic Gent encourages you to take a serendipitous leap into your life’s passion, and can not wait to hear of your accomplishments!