Are We REALLY That Attached To Our Stuff?
Over the past month I’ve been getting rid of a lot of things via Craigslist and LetGo. Some of these things aren’t just items hidden on shelves in the garage. Some of these items I previously thought absolutely necessary to own.
There were some electronics, some household items, small appliances and such. All of which I really liked. All of which worked perfectly and, when used, had great purpose.
But that last bit is the key. When used.
While I really liked everything I’ve already sold or given away, the truth is I just never really used or purposed any of it. And I didn’t really get that until it was gone.
Additionally, I for some reason felt an attachment to it all. Perhaps because I worked hard for the money, then went through the process of research and shopping before purchasing, then finally took it home as exclusively mine. It was, I guess when thinking about it, all a part of my life to an extent. Even if not often used or put to purpose.
Oddly, though, that attachment I felt was instantly gone the second someone took each item off my hands and away to a new home. Literally just like that. And not once have I needed anything I’ve sold since selling it.
Which makes me realize I don’t need a LOT of stuff around here. And I’m not really attached to any of it. It’s just a mental thing where I have an emotional sense of attachment where no organic attachment actually exists.
In the end I don’t think we’re really that attached to a lot of the material items we have in our lives. I think there is a familiarity with it all, and in many ways it constantly displays the fruits of our labor. But when you get down to the core of it… none of it really matters.
Quite frankly, I’m looking forward to doing a lot more with a lot less.