Sunday 25 January 2015

The Value of Possessions

Making a move over seas makes you question what's important enough to come with you. It also makes you realize how much stuff you've accumulated over the years. There are many things I hold to my name and there are things I hold close to my heart, some more important than others, but each still worth their own. 

As I sit in my room, I can't help but look around and count the tiny trinkets that mean so much to me. A love note made out of shells and a Vodka bottle Greg made for me when we first started dating, vintage photographs of Maui behind our bed, vases full of beach glass we've collected over the years, all my favorite necklaces draped from a chair... I love these things, and I'm thankful for them, just like the  roof over my head, the friendships I've built over the years and everything else that adds a little sweetness to my life. But for some reason, I've never been good at putting forth a little extra care towards the things that need it the most.

I'm a ring wearer, and I usually wear the same rings on my fingers for as long as I can. When you get in the habit of wearing them, they almost become a part of you. Greg has bought me one ring for every year we've been together, so when I drunkinly misplace them or they slip off and get lost in the blue abyss of the ocean, it makes me sad that I'll never be able to wear them again after I have for so long. And even though Greg swears he'll never buy me another ring, he always does. And to think, all could have been avoided if I would have just taken extra care of them beforehand. Although it's not the monetary value that's important, it's the meaning behind them that is. And as much as I tell Greg I'll take better care of the things he gives me, he always comes back with "What's gonna happen when I buy you an engagement ring?" something that has such high monetary value and even more meaning!

No matter what situation I find myself in, this question repeats in my mind. For the most part, this is a good thing, reminding me to be more attentive and helping me shape my laid-back, optimistic personality and care-free outlook on life.

I've been through multiple cracked screens, lost jewelry, and broken electronics and these things become costly, but these are things I can live without. If I had to get rid of everything I owned and was only allowed to keep the clothes on my back along with 3 of my most prized possessions what would they be?

1. My bunny - I can't imagine life without Ju!
2. My laptop - reading, writing, photography
3. My car - transportation and living, I've done it before

So now I'm asking y'all... how do you put that extra care into the things that matter most to you?
And what possessions can you absolutely not live without?

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