Letting Go of Old

Letting Go of Old- Do you know when it is time to let go? We tend to hold onto items that have sentimental value. And sometimes that can be to the detriment of our health and benefit.| jointhemeproject.com

Letting Go of Old

Originally posted September 21, 2017

Monday, we said goodbye to the final piece of the past. In a way, it was an odd experience because to anyone else these are just two bookcases. To my mother and I, it’s us saying goodbye to memories and a chunk of our lives that had been overshadowed by my father.

Even typing out these words seem weird to me because my father’s been gone for 12 years. But this was the last thing of his (He’s not dead, he’s been out of the picture since I was 13.) that we had and now his influence is completely gone.

These bookcases started out with a great big platform top. With all the pieces combined, they once housed a 40inch big screen TV that was bought in the early 2000s so it was as big as it was wide. Our living room then wasn’t made for conversation and intimacy it was made for entertainment. We fit into a restricted mold of what life had to be. Once he was gone, well, we started to break that mold. One day, the TV stopped working so my mom was more than happy to let it go. Next came the platform top, the bookcases were a whole lot easier to move without it. And now, bye-bye bookcases.

The Lamp of Memories

Going through our experience made me remember another, of a woman with a lamp. We became quite close to our neighbors that lived beside us before we moved not long ago. And during our moving process, we would give them items that we didn’t want or couldn’t take with us. Through the course of this exchange, she gave me a lamp. And I love it, it matches the wood furniture in my bedroom and I put a nice flower print lampshade on it. But to her, it was one of the last items that she had from a previous relationship. She had so many bad memories from this relationship that she actually hated the lamp.

we tend to hold onto items that have sentimental value. And sometimes that can be to the detriment of our health and benefit. Click To Tweet

Now my question for all: Why do we do this to ourselves? For some reason, as humans, we tend to hold onto items that have sentimental value. And sometimes that can be to the detriment of our health and benefit. Remember sentimental does not just mean tender thoughts, it also means something invokes sadness and nostalgia. It makes me sad though, do we want to feel this way and is that why we hold on? Or do we simply forget too, that it’s just a lamp and bookcases, and you can always buy more? I think it’s time to let it go and live free.

Do you know when it is time to let go?

Read more
Previous Post Next Post

7 Comments

  • Reply Britt | Alternatively Speaking

    I think we struggle to separate emotions from these physical things, and the sooner we learn to do that the better. It took me a few moves and a few houses to decide that I wasn’t moving a bunch of stuff that held emotions I needed to let go of. Such a freeing feeling finally letting it go.
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

    September 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply sophhearts

    This post is wonderful. I’m so guilty of associating memories with objects- I think we all are to some extent, but having a good old clear out and being ruthless with letting go has to be good for the soul.

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    December 5, 2018 at 9:05 pm
    • Reply Erika

      I feel the same. I think it’s healthy to hold on to certain objects if the memory associated with it is a good one.

      December 6, 2018 at 1:22 am
  • Reply ABackyardLife

    I seem to attach sentimental value to way too many things… this was a good read for me! Thank you

    December 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply Erika

      Thank you. I really appreciate you taking the time to read.

      December 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply EarthtoConnie

    I love this post. I also keep hold of things for sentimental value and struggle to let them go, but I have to otherwise I’d end up with so much stuff with no where to store it!

    December 15, 2018 at 9:54 am
    • Reply Erika

      This was my problem about two years ago. My mom and I downsized from a house to an apartment and I didn’t realize just how much stuff I had that I didn’t even need

      December 15, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Tell Me What You Think

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.