This might become a bit of a series…
So as I was going through all of my things, I realized I keep a lot of things for “future use”. I justify keeping things with phrases like…
- This is useful
- Other people use this
- I paid for this
- Someone gave me this
- I’ve never used it
I HAVE 12 PACKS OF POST IT NOTES AND I HAVEN’T EVEN USED ONE AND I BOUGHT THEM AT LEAST 10 MONTHS AGO.
I’ve come to realize that I buy a lot of things off of the fact that other people find t
hem useful or helpful. I didn’t think I was, but I guess I am very much influence by other people and their thoughts and ideas. That’s not so good.
I’ve taken a little break from “packing” (at this point I’m just moving things from one pile to another in a vicious circle) to write this, and my gaze keeps drifting to a box that I have finished “packing”. I’m now realizing that I can maybe name one item in that box, but it’s completely full.
Shouldn’t I know all of the things that I own? Shouldn’t I be able to go shopping and say “I already have a ______, I don’t need that” rather than standing there wondering if I have an item that’s similar? Shouldn’t I know the boo
ks on my bookshelf and not have to wonder if I’ve read them or not?
I’ve decided to distance myself from my belongings, take a sheet of paper and a pen, and write a list of things I can’t live without. Then I’m going to revisit all of this stuff and see what fits.
Maybe I’m overthinking it, or maybe I’ve finally become strong enough in myself to not have to feel like my belongings and what I own will make me a better or different person.
P.S. This photo is from a sunny summer day in Tennessee. You could literally see both the moon and the sun all day long, it was pretty neat.
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