Friday, July 11, 2008
Why Do We Hold Onto the Past?
When I was chatting with online friends about this project, someone immediately brought up books and I have to admit they've been on my mind, too. Will I really be able to cull out half my books to give away?
I think so, and I'll post about it when I'm back at home, but you know the thing I'm really tripping up on?
My wedding dress.
Actually, dresses, but that's another post, LOL. The fact is I have two gorgeous (even 10 years later) wedding dresses that I can't seem to give away. I know I can keep them if I get rid of enough other stuff, but the question is, why would I? I'm not going to wear them again. My daughter will want the fun of trying a million on and buying her own. And yet I'm....attached to them.
I have other clothes like this, too. They are clothes that I wore when I was skinny and having a great time in life. They represent fun, flirtiness, youth, excitement.
I'll never wear them again, either, so why are they taking up room in my closet? Do I feel I'll lose my memories if I give them up? Will I forget that I was once young and fun and exciting?
Why don't I stop trying to hold onto the past and start trying harder to be fun and exciting now? Wouldn't that be more to the point?
That's going to be my mantra when I clean out my closet. I will ask each piece of clothing, "What are you going to do for me TODAY?"
But what on earth should I do about those wedding dresses? Should they stay or should they go? Vote with your comment below.