I’ve had the esteemed pleasure to host Josh and Ryan of The Minimalists as they passed through San Diego on their Minimalist 33 city tour. Seeing as the warehouse is the ideal crashpad, it only makes sense to keep a revolving door policy.
In an era where cynicism is the new black, it’s easy to be critical of two white middle class guys from the heartland talking and writing about living a more meaningful life with less stuff. But don’t be fooled by Josh’s high cheekbone smile and Ryan’s bear hugging ability, these lads have been down some of life’s valleys. More importantly though, they’ve emerged with a clarity and kindness that is only magnified by their sincerity. These guys aren’t bullshit.
Josh and Ryan write about minimalism in a thoughtful, but digestible way. They advocate simplicity in order to live a more meaningful life, and hardly a person can be against that. The unique thing about these guys is that they understand that they don’t have all the answers, but rather they know what has worked for them and simply share that with others. I’m not here to say everything they write is gold. It isn’t. But they do have an earnestness about them that can be clouded by the facade that pixels and digital noise can bring. But again, make no mistake, these guys have heart and they will be doing some golden age defining work.
I look forward to seeing them dig a bit deeper into their own narrative with this next chapter of life unfolding and a new year upon us. They have the personal stories to match any old blues man and his harp, though their execution of themes tends to be more word-driven, and bit less musical.
Mark Twain said, “my books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Fortunately everybody drinks water.” Josh and Ryan deliver a message of water, but I know they’ve got some wine coming. If you’re a critically thinking person, you’ve likely already found the benefits of minimalism. And not just physically, but mentally too. If you read their essays now and feel you’ve reached your clarity, get ready to go a bit deeper. I hope they take us there. I now believe they can.
I also snagged a copy of their latest book, which I will review in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!