Dicard the Unnecessary

“To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one’s mind and the psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.”
-Anais Nin

I think this quote is absolutely true. Everyday for the past few days I have been throwing away unnecessary things. A lot of things from the past, from someone I used to be. I found an old notebook today that has been sitting on my bookshelf for about 10 years. It reflected nothing of who I am today.

Inside this notebook, I found old meaningless poems and short journal entries that were from a whole other life when I was in college. I don’t know why I thought there was anything valuable about that notebook or why I felt the need to hold on to it for so long.

It’s amazing the hold that material possessions can have. But I’m very sentimental about things. I can’t seem to let go of old journals especially. I even have some from when I was a little girl, just because it’s fun to look back at my little girl handwriting and innocent thoughts. I also hold on to a lot of clothing for sentimental reasons, and that’s not good. It clutters out the present. Holding on to too much of the past keeps people from moving forward.

I really like open spaces and having that just-moved-in feeling. It makes me consider the possibility of moving on again to somewhere better. I like thinking about my things in terms of whether I have outgrown them or tired of them or do not consider them my style anymore. As we change and evolve, the things we own can sometimes lose their resonance.

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June 9, 2013. Tags: , . Uncategorized.

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