There are some things we claim we couldn’t live without. Our phone, our laptop, our comfy shoes, our best trousers, that shirt for all occasions, our diary. They’re the first things we pack when we go on a trip and the first things we use when we come back home. But are they really indispensable?
I recently had to unexpectedly leave all of these ‘vital’ possessions in my family home and come home without them (I live 640 miles away from my family). I really thought I couldn’t live without my best clothes, my laptop and my beauty products. I thought I’d lose all sense of identity and integrity. I thought I’d left behind the most important things I owned.
I thought wrong.
In the past month that I’ve been living without these things, I’ve needed none of them. I’ve used another laptop, worn other clothes and have gone without using beauty products. I haven’t thought about them or missed them.
We often think that some things are irreplaceable. We’re scared to throw them away in case we’ll need them later. We think we will never find anything like them again. Truth is – we won’t need them or look for them or even think about them ever again. Everything is replaceable. (And if it’s isn’t, you’ll keep it in your memory forever, anyway.)
Do you keep things you don’t use because you’re scared you’ll need them in the future?