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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Day 10 | Everything

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Ryan didn’t unpack anything today.

That’s worth repeating.

Today.
Ryan.
Didn’t.
Unpack.
Anything.

Not a thing.

In ten days, Ryan discovered everything he needs.

Everything.

How often do you say you need something? I need a new pair of shoes; I need to run to the store to pick up that new widget; oh my god, I need mo’ money!

I need,
I need.
I need!

Perhaps we need to choose our words more carefully.

Yes, there are times when we actually need something: Sometimes we really do need  a new pair of shoes, a new winter coat, or a triple-tall soy latte (probably not). We obviously need food, water, housing, and clothes. And, to live a fulfilling life, we need our health, our relationships, our sanity.

But, of course, there are many things we do not need: the majority of things we think we need, are only things we want—often we don’t need them at all.

The truth is you already have everything you need.
Look around—you’ll never need more than this.

“Everything” is Day 10 of Our 21-Day Journey into Minimalism. Move on to Day 11. Read Ryan’s journal entries from this journey in Everything That Remains. You can also subscribe to The Minimalists via email.