Detachment from material things
The above picture represents my shift towards detachment - whenever we go to the beach, I would collect 'treasures'. Our latest trip, was no different, but when it was ready to leave, I decided to leave them where I found them (took a picture!) and focus on enjoying the memory of the time we were there.
Lately I've been much more focused on self-care and mindfulness on how I want to live my life.
As I'm learning and focusing on things other than shopping, I'm finding it easier to detach myself from material items. I used to save my favourite items and not use them, only to find that years later, they no longer work for my lifestyle, and I've missed the opportunity to enjoy them. Then I feel disappointed or sad that I never got to use them, or guilty for wasting my money. That's what I'm trying to avoid or minimize - negative feelings, and instead, maximize my enjoyment.
It's made it much easier to let go of the things that I love, but no longer work, and move on from those feelings. The Adidas hoodie I let go of last month is a great example of it - I hummed and haah-ed (as I usually do with things I love) on whether or not keep it or let it go. I wanted to keep it because it was a special edition hoodie, in very unique colors (purple with dark brown trim), and had a little pocket that closed with a button (I'm a SUCKER for small obscure details like that). Why did I let it go? Because when I wore it, I wasn't feeling like my best self - it made me feel awkward and I was continuously pulling at it since after so much wear it wasn't hanging the way it used to. It just consumed my thoughts as I wore it - keep it? get rid of it? Do I still love it? etc. etc. etc., down the rabbit hole...
I don't need to fill my head with those thoughts because when I'm ready to leave this Earth, none of it will have mattered. NONE. So why am I wasting mental and emotional energy on it?
It's been a lot easier to let go of clothing with this mindset - yes, bags and SLGs still another story, but baby steps.