Sometimes letting go is the first step to happiness
Have you ever had a piece of clothing that you couldn't bare to let go?
You don't particularly love it, it doesn't look exceptional on you, you didn't even buy it nor was it a sentimental gift, and you probably would not have bought it if you had unlimited funds.
I have/had such an item - that cardigan. I've used it a lot, it goes well with outfits, and for a while, I was pretty happy wearing it, but when it started to look out of shape and tired, I stopped wearing it. Instead of getting it out of my closet, I let it sit there and make me feel bad for not wearing it any more. I would find myself putting it on, knowing full well that I was going to take it off, and then also knowing I would be putting it back in my closet instead of letting it go.
What was wrong with me?
It was because it grew comfortable on me, and sometimes life just gets so stressful that comfortable becomes so welcoming.
This cardigan reminded me of my struggle with my career - I didn't choose it, it sort of went that path but I was OK with it and there were happy moments, but ultimately, I knew it wasn't perfect for me. With my recent announcement to my change in position at work, I'm looking at life a lot differently. The immediate relief I felt after deciding to make the change, made me feel like a whole new me. The other day, I went to my closet, tried on the cardigan, gave it a last look, and let it go. I felt closet relief.