Ariodante said... At some point I was like fuck it I don't need 75% of this crap. And you just let it go and realize you never needed it in the first place.
In 2002, I had a 2/2.5 2000sqft townhouse chock to the gills with "stuff". Good stuff, but stuff none the less.
A very good friend and I were watching a sunrise on Dania Beach.
He asked me, "Have you ever started from "zero"?
I thought back on my life, and with some feeling of having "missed out" replied, "No".
That morning I made a decision that I was going to move from South Florida.
I began a 3-year period of "de-stuffing" my life.
It was not easy. I found that I was "attached" to stuff. And, this attachment was not healthy for me. The hardest stuff for me to get rid of was the stuff that was inconsequential in value, but very "sentimental". These were things like my high school band medals, a book of clippings from elementary school, and such. But I did whittle it down and estimated 80%.
In 2005, I moved to Honolulu. Well, naturally I wasn't going to bring all of my remaining stuff with me, so I put most of it in storage. I probably brought only about 10% of what remained (about 2% of what I started with).
In 2010, I moved to San Francisco and only brought 14, "14x14x14" boxes of stuff with me. Most of these are books and clothes.
I've backslid on clothes a bit. The dress here in San Francisco is a bit different from Honolulu or South Florida. But overall, I live a very "stuff-free" life. If I lost what I have now, I would not be very concerned. The most important stuff is in a waterproof bag that is a part of my "go kit" in the event of a disaster. This contains things like my birth certificate, social security card, etc.
So, for me, learning how to let go of stuff, even stuff that I "collected as a hobby" was an important part of freeing me to live unencumbered by stuff. And, I now do not have to worry about the emotional trauma which any kind of "disaster" that might wipe out my "stuff" could precipitate.
In closing, "Have you ever started from zero?"
Aloha and Be Well!