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Letting Go Of Nostalgia

Today is the neighborhood annual yard sale and it’s a pretty big deal.

It’s so intense that we have police present to direct the traffic flow.

That’s pretty big for a puny town that’s on the outskirts of a city for an event not many have heard about.

Well, I guess now that’s it been going on for 35 years it’s clearly passed that.

But this year, I’m to be a seller in this event. I’ve got an assortment of childhood clothing, adult-sized clothing, books, and more. Some of it doesn’t bring back nostalgia, while most of it does.

It’s been fun to have these sorts of things, sitting in this house collecting dust going unused. But it’s time I start letting go of these things.

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We Are Hoarders

Why is it that we hold onto things so much in our lives?

I think the biggest reason is sentiment, but also the thought of doing something new or having to replace that void is something we are scared to do.

People don’t want to let go of what made their childhood their childhood. It’s easier to cling onto something that we clearly will never use again and never let go of it.

Almost like Smeagol and the ring.

“My precious.”

But while that relationship does make sense (in some twisted way), it doesn’t make sense for us to hold onto such physical possessions.

Especially if you are like me and so many others where you stop using those items.

There comes a point where clinging to something loses its merit. It’s like an unhealthy obsession — except it probably won’t get you killed in a river of lava. But that’s not a reason to cling onto it or have it around.

True we are hoarders by nature, but there is always a time where things lose their worth in our eyes. And it’s only when we put them up on yard sales where we begin to realize what we are doing.

Letting Old Things Go

A lot of what we have is worth letting go. As I said above, there’s a number of things that don’t have any use to us and we tuck it away in our homes or rooms.

For me, I’ve grown past that nostalgia factor and have looked at things more realistically.

What all the items I’m selling have one thing in common: their helpfulness to me is based on the price in which I’m selling them at.

That’s all because I’ve learned the dangers of holding onto past things.

Past items.

Past regrets.

Past mistakes.

Past practices.

We’re not all hoarders of past items but we can also be hoarders of past practices as well. Some of us have trouble letting things go and cling to these values. It’s as if they represent our very identity.

In a sense, they do, but not who we currently are.

It’s better for us to cast those things aside and step forward in a bolder way. To move beyond the materialistic value and worth of our mindsets and current thoughts and expand them.

To do so, we must become comfortable with letting go of what used to comfort us and move towards the things that help us.

Like the childhood books that we used to read for the books that’ll help us advance further in life.

Like the articles of clothing that don’t fit us to clothing that actually fits.

Like the old business tactics that are way too dated for something newer, fresher, and more practical for today’s world and people.

Donate, sell, do whatever you like, so long as it filters your system and gives you the opportunity to fill it with something newer and better.

To your growth!

Eric S Burdon

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