Somewhere along the line, the idea of success has become having an accumulation of “stuff”. The world will try to tell you that you need more things to really be somebody. Don’t Listen. Your value is not contained within your belongings… it’s a part of your being. It can’t be reflected in the car you drive, the clothes you wear, or the number of watches in your collection. Who you are is measured by your character and the people you surround yourself with.
That lightbulb went on for me today. I took a long hard look at my room and did not like what I saw. Chaos. Clothes never worn, piles of projects to get to, and old books that haven’t been opened in years. Why was this all here? And why couldn’t I let it go?
For a long time I have placed too much value on material belongings, but never came to understand why. That book was my favorite… this project is going to make me feel accomplished… that expensive outfit I only wore once reminds me of a concert I went to. But that was it. All of these possessions were simply a reflection of emotions.
I knew that book from the inside out and felt I could relate to the story. There was no need to read it again. The projects sitting on my shelf, not yet started, reminded me of everything that I want to do and have failed to complete. The perfect outfit in my closet was a memory of a fun time, and a reminder that I haven’t had that much fun in a while.
Today was the day… I removed all of these possessions from my room and my life. The memories remain though. I had an amazing realization that maybe these items that were the clutter in my room, were creating a clutter in my mind. Writing this post now I feel so much more focused. I removed the chaos from my bedroom which in turn removed the chaos in my daily life. No more anxiety over projects, possessions, or lack thereof. This fresh start was exactly what I needed.
Moving from college to post grad there are so many changes in store. Why not start with a visible change in my life? I spent four hours today tidying and reorganizing. I even moved my bed, ottoman, and dresser. My metaphorical fresh start after college has transitioned to a visual one.
I am not getting rid of the old, but storing it in the back of my mind with my deepest and most precious memories. I am ready for a new adventure, new opportunities. Just this time, without all the extra “stuff”.
Really truly take a look at your belongings and a look at yourself. Do they reflect the person that you are and strive to be? If they don’t… make the change.
Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow, Live Like Crazy Today.