So, I decluttered my phone’s camera roll today. I realized that I had way too much garbage in there that I was holding onto for no reason whatsoever. I think that, somewhere deep down, we do the exact same thing to our lives as well. We keep holding onto a lot of baggage that we don’t really need, no matter how much we tell ourselves that we might end up needing it, only for all of it to weigh us down.
Honestly, I thought that deleting thousands of photos in a go was going to hurt me in some way, but it just makes me feel a a lot lighter now that I know that it was just a remainder of the past that no longer does me any good to hold onto. I think that I’m still holding onto a lot of things that I need to let go of, but it takes some time to sort out the things I think I want to keep as opposed to the things I should keep.
But, you know, sometimes, holding on to things only does more harm than good. Maybe it’s a reminder that things are never going to go back to the way they once were, or maybe they’re all that you have left of something. Most of the time, though, we hold on to things that we think still stand a chance– like that dress we grew out of years ago, but somehow still tell ourselves we will work ourselves back into.
It’s not that easy. Sometimes, lying to ourselves sounds easier than trying to let go, and we end up holding on to them anyway.
The point is, we can’t always bring back the past and relive the same old memories because the past seldom comes back and things seldom slot themselves back like the missing piece in an otherwise perfect jig-saw puzzle. Sometimes, it really is better to give away that pair of jeans that no longer fits you, instead of starving yourself and making yourself miserable about fitting back into it.
We grow out of things for a reason.
We grow out of situations for a reason. Sometimes, it really is better to let go, select all and delete things that no longer bring you any kind of happiness. After all, why would anyone want to fool themselves into believing that the past still stands a chance when it is, in fact, long gone?
You don’t have to let go right away. Just think about it, maybe. You’ll know when you need to. Xx
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