I'm currently in the phase of French existentialism, with writers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Unintentionally, I've been drawn to New Wave French cinema which apparently was also part of the movement. And weirdly enough, my favourite artist channels the sentiments of the time (Jackson Pollock). Without meaning to, I've become entranced.
What is existentialism?
It's a complicated question to answer because there isn't one answer or one interpretation. The underlying concept is free will and that our actions and decisions act in accordance to it. That our existence comes first, before anything else. We came to this earth like a drop splashed on the ground, and that everything that happens doesn't happen for a spiritual reason like "It's all part of God's plan". Things happen and we have to cope with it or change it, but not analyse it for a deeper meaning. It doesn't mean you have to be a negative person to be an existentialist. One can still be positive.
It's hard for me to explain in my own words, so I'll link you here to learn more about it.
Minimalism is something I've been working on for years. It's a lifestyle choice of de-cluttering your life and mind. Physically, it means getting rid of the junk in one's bedroom/household. Clothing you don't wear, decorations that you don't use, shit you don't know why you have in the first place, or furniture no one ever uses: all of this must go. Likewise, you've got to sort out those problems inside. Let go of old grudges, forgive past grievances, and move on. I'll be moving to a new place soon, so I see this as a perfect time to TRULY be a minimalist.