Even though I think I am the kind of person who could never really let go of many personal possessions, whenever I move out of an apartment or leave school at the end of a semester, I am reminded that there is a part of me that feels great satisfaction in letting go of the things that have little meaning. It’s as if I spend my life accumulating things that I think I will need and just hoping to use all the things I’ve collected. Who really needs ten pairs of glow in the dark socks? Or four battery operated flashlights? I only wear 30 to 40 percent of the clothing I own. Sometimes having too many options just feels too overwhelming for me! The moment of saying goodbye to something is painful and hard. But then, once it’s gone, I’m instantly free from it; I feel light and flexible. Euphoric, even. What if shedding old weight could free you to live more productively, efficiently, and meaningfully?
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