Although minimalism found me semi-quickly between 2015-2016, I keep having these flashbacks to my younger days when I see signs of an early minimalist. It's kind of fun to look back on those quirky, mundane, or significant moments and realize maybe this recent change has been a longtime coming. Or maybe they were just me being cheap, shy, and/or lazy, but it's still nice to connect the past to the present. My minimalist flashback posts will recount the memories as they come to me, and maybe they'll spark some memories of your own, minimalist or not.
The silent rebel
When I was in high school, the yearbook featured large, color photos of all the seniors. I'm not sure how things are today, but in my suburban community in 2001, everyone had professional photos taken for their senior pics. For me, that was out of the question. My exact sentiments were, "A 'photo shoot' just of myself?! That's ridiculous, not to mention a waste of money." (There it is, me being cheap, shy and probably lazy, too.) So, my friends all got their photos taken, and they definitely came out looking good. But, I figured the people who want to remember me will remember me even without my photo there. (This could have been more powerful if Facebook hadn't appeared a few years later.) Instead, I chose a quote to put in place of my photo: "Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand." That would be a line from the Paul Newman movie Cool Hand Luke. My history teacher, who headed up the yearbook as well, called me a "silent rebel." I slowly learned to take it as a compliment.
Now, the whole situation could be considered minimalist in a way, but my mind is kind of blown by the actual quote I chose. I remember scouring Internet "quote sites" for a little longer than I'd like to admit, looking for just the right thing to put there for posterity. I wanted an Orson Welles quote, but eventually landed on this gem from Newman, thinking the "nothing" part would be kind of funny as it was filling the void where my face should be. It is possibly the exact thought of a minimalist, and I still love it for different reasons today.
I searched Orson Welles quotes just now and rediscovered my backup choices, in no particular order:
Holy cow, these (with the exception of the first one) are more relevant to me today than they were 15 years ago! (Ok, who am I kidding -- the first one kind of applies, too!)