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  •  I've been in a similar situation (14+ / 0-)

    and just gave everything away. I was able to store some of my things from childhood in my father's shed. Had to move, at nineteen(ish) across country. I was only renting a room then, but still made the decision to move within about... oh... two days before the train pulled out of the station. My car was a Toyota. I could only take things to the shed that I could carry (and I am under 100 lbs)... or whatever could fit in a bag across country in my train car, which had to switch in Chicago at that.

    And since then. So many moves. So many. They keep selling my houses out from under me, as a renter in a hot market area. We probably have "more stuff" than ever before... although mainly from thrift shops and garage sales. And all of it makes me very nervous, because I'm always thinking, "How heavy is that?"

    Stuff makes you feel like you belong somewhere. It gives you a sense of continuity. Personally, as a Hindu, I don't believe ideologically in materialism. But when you move all the time, it does make you feel a bit more rooted to have some things. Then again, you ought not get too attached to it all. Floods, fires, and homelessness happen. Things break. None of it really matters.

    Although my version of "things" might be different than other peoples' since I anticipate moving every year or so at this point. Books are my one regret; I regret having abandoned too many of my books over the years (and continuously collect more: our library is pretty formidable).

    Just don't collect extraneous objects that serve no function unless you TRULY love them.

    Rambling, I suppose because I identify so much. That move wasn't the only time I've had to radically purge what I own, by any means. And several times, whole boxes have been left behind or lost or accidentally thrown away. So many things I own are metal or wood now; it doesn't break, unlike ceramic. And I don't buy anything new really. And furniture is... it looks heavy and oppressive.

    "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." -- MLK Jr.

    by mahakali overdrive on Fri Jun 25, 2010 at 08:23:38 PM PDT

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