...do it anyway.
You knew that was coming, right?
And yet, if you're like me, you might have been holding out a little hope. As in
...let it go.
...don't do it.
...just say no.
There is definitely a time and a place for those responses, but not for this piece. This is all about doing the stuff you don't want to do, but you know deep down you need to. You might even feel compelled to, or you might feel like you can't take the next step until you do this one.
Earlier today I posed a question on to our Facebook group, The May Minimalism Game. I'm going through boxes in order to get rid of and consolidate before putting them back into our storage closet. I have two more to go, and honestly, I'm sick of going through stuff. My question was, "Should I go through the boxes of my memorabilia or just toss them since I haven't looked through them in years?"
I hoped the responses would be along the lines of "just let it go," but alas, it was not to be. The consensus was to go through them and get the items down to one box.
The progressing minimalist in me wants to ditch them, but it would be selfish of me in a way. Really, the memories in those boxes aren't about me anyway. They're about what my kids and future grandkids might enjoy looking through someday, kind of a legacy so to speak.
I have to admit that I have come across pictures of my parents when they were younger, pictures of me surrounded by puppies when I was around one-year-old, and pictures of my grandparents. They have allowed me to pause and reflect, and those such warm emotions.
I totally get the memories aren't in the pictures. The memories are inside of me. However, those pictures trigger the memories more clearly. And yes, I could save digital pictures, but it isn't the same as holding the physical picture in my hand. There's something about the musty smell and feeling the slick black and white photos that aren't comparable to looking at something on a screen.
So, yes, even though I'm not excited about going down the rabbit hole of those memories in terms of the time it's going to take, I'm secretly glad the group nudged me in the direction of going through those boxes.
Even when I didn't want to...
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.