Letting go of dead weight
Ok, maybe dead weight is a bit harsh since this bag has served me very well , but it is definitely weight, both physically and mentally.
I purchased this bag when I first moved to the suburbs and instead of a ten minute walk to the office, I was now commuting 45 minutes via public transport.
(Now, living ten minutes away from the office has its perks - you can forget things and go home and get them, and you can go home for lunch for a power nap. I miss that. But, home ownership is also pretty awesome. )
Yes, when we moved, I had loads of other bags I could have used, but none I wanted to take with me to bear the elements of public transit, unexpected weather, or people bumping into me with their coffee.
I needed a bag that was sturdy, durable, sizeable, and disaster proof. As luck would have it, I came across this Banana Republic tote shortly after our move and felt it was perfect. I mean, look at all those pockets!!! I still love those pockets but over time as I got older, (and weaker? =P) the bag started to feel very heavy and cumbersome. This bag, once my daily staple literally became a drag to use. I eventually found lighter totes in coated canvas or saffiano and tucked this bag away to use only a few times a year. As with all my bags I felt deep love and appreciation for, it was tough to let this one go - especially knowing that it served such an important role in my lifestyle change. I felt bad for even considering it!
Alas, I pulled it out to use this week to make sure of my decision, and it’s time to let it go. I saw it and fell back in love with it, but was quickly reminded of its weight. I will miss it so much, especially that organization, but hopefully someone else can enjoy it as they schlep their stuff back and forth.
This will be my second item of 2018 leaving my bag and wallet collection.