“The problem with talking is that nobody stops you from saying the wrong thing.”

I’m recovering from the holiday season.  I overdid it, and I’m still paying for it.  It was worth it.  Heh.  I know when I can say that, I’m nearing recovery.  Whew.  It was not my resolution to spend the first week of 2018 stapled to the floor.  (That’s what it feels like, anyway.)

I realized part of why I’ve struggled with Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson is it triggers me.  Recognition made all the difference.  I’m almost finished.  I also reread Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.  As a preteen, I didn’t pick up on the humor.  This time, I belly laughed often.

This year, I’m going to focus on books written by women.  My next book is Kindred, by Octavia Butler. (It’s also going to trigger me.)  I hope I develop some emotional callouses.  I’ve made progress giving away things I don’t want or use anymore.  It’s fascinating how quickly items are grabbed up (with permission) by my neighbors.

My only regret is they’re taking the boxes, too.  And the folding table I had them on.  Heh.  I guess someone needed it.  I like my apartment so much better now.  My living room looks like I just graduated from university; spacious.  I love it.  I’m off to purge another box of anxiety-provoking stuff.

2 thoughts on ““The problem with talking is that nobody stops you from saying the wrong thing.”

  • I used to cling to things I loved tightly. I’ve felt owned by my stuff of late and have been purging things I don’t use or want (enough to care for.) Much of what I’ve given away I still like or even loved at some point, so I photographed it first and stored the photos in the cloud. I’ve converted to a virtual hoarder of images and sounds that evoke memories.

    The cloud is fabulous because I can access my sounds and photos anytime and anywhere I have wifi or cellular service, and my collection can become vast without taking up any physical space. I maintain my cloud, but you can rent lots of storage for cheap through Dropbox, AWS, or Apple, for starters.

    Some of my most sentimental possessions are toys from my childhood. Mostly Fisher Price Sesame Street and Lego sets. I’ve set them aside for when I get around to creating art with the little people and minifigs. It’s not giving them away entirely. I’m just keeping a few to decorate my home as they’re a part of me.

    Others may find this useful, but not everyone feels uncomfortable with owning too many things. It seems most know what works best for them. 🙃💜

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