I’ve always struggled with letting go of things. I cried for a few days when leaving my university residence in 2012. I was really upset when my mom sold her car. And throwing away things that hold memories is always really difficult for me.
Today I tried to alter this experience, with some advice from my therapist. Instead of attaching memories to items (“cathecting” in her words), I tried to keep in mind that all these memories are within me.
And so is all the knowledge. And all the feelings.
It made packing up my old apartment so much easier. I was able to let go of so much, and was happy to do so
One big achievement was throwing away all my university notes. Although they were useful at the time, they serve no purpose now. And most of them were printed by the departments. So I filled up two massive bin bags and took it all for recycling.
I know from experience that nostalgia can be really heavy sometimes. And scary too. But it helps to remember that all of these memories are carried inside us. So it’s okay to let the physical things go.
Image is the view of all my notes inside the paper recycling bin. The bin was empty before I started offloading my stuff
Blog: 342/365. Click here to read about my #365of25 journey
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