Letting go

Becoming a minimalist means learning how to let go and accept change.

As I’ve moved through life, I’ve gathered clutter. We all do. We buy things we need – or think we need, and sometimes when we buy a new item, we fail to throw out or pass on its predecessor.

My wardrobe was like this. I’d buy a new pair of boots or shoes, and keep the old ones…just in case.

Letting go of old belongings can be hard. That old item may come in useful someday, we tell ourselves. We may just need those old sneakers…for gardening, maybe. We may decide we like that shirt we’ve never worn that still has the tags on, and besides, it seems a waste to pass it on to charity. We paid good money for it!

Letting go of our old belongings is a statement of strength. You have to be strong to let go. It’s hard. I’ve learned how hard it is – I don’t find minimalism easy!

You see, you have to acknowledge your humanity to be willing to pass items on that you have no use for.
You have to accept that, as a human, maybe buying that sweater you never really liked was a mistake and that, as a human, you make mistakes.
And that, as a human, maybe it’s okay to make mistakes.
Nobody is perfect.
It can be hard to accept and acknowledge our mistakes.

Letting go of old belongings is also a statement that you accept that life is change.

Bamboo in the Adelaide (Australia) Botanic Gardens. My name is carved somewhere near the top now, if it's even still there. I carved it as a teenager, many years ago. Life is change. Accepting this universal truth leads to happiness.

Bamboo in the Adelaide (Australia) Botanic Gardens. My name is carved somewhere near the top now, if it’s even still there. I carved it as a teenager, many years ago. Life is change. Accepting this universal truth leads to happiness.

We change – all of us, all the time. Some clothes may not fit us any more. Or the person who gave us the item may be dead now. Or the belonging may no longer serve any purpose, even though it once did.

Let old times pass, and accept that things do change. Clinging to old belongings does not make time stop. It never did.

I’m still finding my strength. I still find it hard to let go. I’m still working through the process of accepting that life is change. I’m getting better, but it’s a work in progress.

I’m fine with that šŸ™‚

ferns

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