My celebrity lifestyle.
On my way to school those days, you would see people going to the farm, artisans arranging their tools, market women and men preparing to go to the market. Later in the evening, the road to the stream would be busy with children going to fetch water from the only stream that serves the community.
On weekends, I followed my parents to the farm. Minimalism was by force those days because the resources were not even there to think of having an option.
However, my father used to tell us many things about life. Despite our own situation then, we still had some worse scenarios in the society. We had children begging to feed. Many found it difficult to eat thrice per day.
My father would tell us that when money comes, we should be in control of the money and never allow the money to control us. To him, we wouldn't spend recklessly in the midst of many in need.
Another situation that my father used to instill minimalism in us was his reaction any day that we threw away leftover food. He frowned at it and he reminded us severally that there are people looking for just a square meal per day but not finding it easy to achieve. He said wasting food is not fair to those people.
My father taught me to be generous with whatever I possess to help humanity rather than being wasteful.
Till this moment, I live by such principles.
If I become famous with celebrity status, such principles would help me maintain a minimalist lifestyle effortlessly. I live my life the way I deem necessary and not to impress someone. If I become rich and famous, I would still make sure that I only make myself comfortable in a way necessary and not to feel among others in my social status.
Recently, I needed to buy a phone and the phone I went for is capable of serving the purpose of getting it. However, my friend believed that the phone was small when juxtaposed with my class. I laughed and told him that the purpose of getting a phone is not because of my class but to use it to perform some task. Such a task is the determinant of the kind of phone I go for.
Such a principle is what I would continue to adopt if I become a celebrity. I determine what is necessary and important for me, I don't allow any other person to decide this for me.
I am a type that recognizes the fact that I have people that I left in stage one if an opportunity comes my way to move to stage two of social strata. I would try to reach back to them so that more could be moved above their present stage. This kind of philanthropic move wouldn't make one to be wasteful under any circumstances.
I would also take care of my family in a manner that they won't go against my principles. If I am to sponsor you for a journey, it's not mandatory that I must buy you a first class air ticket.
I will encourage everyone around me to view life in such a way that whatever they do, others would form an opinion about them and most of these people can never be satisfied. Living your life to impress them may keep you in a sad mood forever.
Everyone should define his or her terms of existence and not allow others define it for them. Once you achieve this, the society would desist from dictating to you how best you are supposed to live your life.
I will pass this principle to my children just like it was passed to me by my father. I would only make my children comfortable to the extent of achieving their own dreams. I don't see myself giving you some gadgets beyond your maturity stage because I am a wealthy celebrity nor buying my highschool child a Mercedes G-wagon.
As my child, I will make you realize that the money you work for is the sweetest money to spend. Work for your money. My obligation to give my children sound education and skill acquisition won't be compromised. I will let them know that it takes good managerial skills to be rich and remain rich. I would expose them to the other side of life too. Many people are suffering from poverty and some illnesses.
I will let them know that in the words of legendary reggae musician, Lucky Dube, "blessed is the hand that giveth than the one that taketh"
Minimalism is not self punishment but self discipline, this I would let them understand in clear terms.