Fort Worth is a city populated with mostly unpretentious, easy-going people, and that’s perhaps why minimalist living makes so much sense for those who choose to make Cowtown home.
I think you’re much less likely to be judged here than in many other cities — either for being gay or for choosing the simpler life.
Once you understand the minimalist lifestyle, you start to understand simple living is much more about attitude and approach to life than about getting rid of possessions and doing without. In fact, minimalist living is a way of life that encourages living grandly — not depriving yourself.
When I’m not writing enthusiastically about being gay or lesbian in Fort Worth, I’m often writing about simple living. It’s one of my passions, and it’s a lifestyle that has saved me from the addictions and self-centeredness that plague so many gays and lesbians.
Let’s face it: Most gays and lesbians don’t have children (although some do, of course) and most don’t allow parents or siblings to dictate how they should live their lives (although some do, of course), so it’s easy to become inwardly focused instead of outwardly focused.
And many gays and lesbians have no one on which to the spend their money, so they buy nice things for themselves. Being free from the responsibility of raising a family and faced with a society that’s still not completely accepting, there’s often time and resources to turn to drugs, alcohol and other addictive substances.
There are lots of opportunities for a gay or lesbian person to head down a path that leads to destruction or at least materialism. Fortunately, whether you’re on a bad path or just need one that’s better than the way you’re going now, there’s a better way.
Freedom From Attachment
Minimalist living is a lifestyle that involves fewer material possessions and more meaningful experiences. While some mistakenly think minimalism is about deprivation, it’s actually about freeing yourself from distractions so you can spend your time focusing on things that expand your experiences and your outlook.
A wardrobe full of clothing you rarely wear doesn’t contribute to a fuller life, but a meaningful vacation to an important destination might. There’s no benefit from redecorating your spare bedroom again, but remodeling your home office so that you have fewer distractions and more spirit-expanding light might be a very minimalist thing to do.
And of course, decluttering your life — both of useless possessions and of emotional baggage — is an important point of simple living too.
Do you see? Eliminating nonsense, clutter, silliness, stuff, overbuying and mindless eating are all important parts of minimalist living.
Analyzing your actions to make sure you’re always doing things that move you forward instead of hold you back is part of the simple life.
What Does This Have To Do With Fort Worth?
There’s no better place to embrace minimalist living than Fort Worth. While other cities may encourage a certain style of dress or a certain manner of behavior, Fort Worth is a city where anything goes.
You won’t be judged for exploring a simple lifestyle in Fort Worth. Instead, you’ll be embraced. It’s a supportive city where residents are more likely to encourage your uniqueness than shoot it down.
Minimalist living and Fort Worth just seem to go together — whether you’re gay not. Acceptance and broad-mindedness are why I’m here, and you’ll find acceptance for a simple, minimal life here.
In fact, there’s no better place to be a gay or lesbian minimalist than Fort Worth.