What are you holding onto?

Over the next few weeks I’ll be moving home.

I’m faced with having to box all my possessions. This presents another opportunity for me to consider my relationship with my stuff. Moving is hard work and it makes sense to shed stuff I don’t need. Which brings me neatly to my record collection. I’ve spent years collecting records. I’ve not bought any for a few years now and I don’t actually play them anymore.

Records are deceptively heavy to move. So why keep a thousand records I don’t listen to? Especially if I have to pack them into boxes, load them into a van and then carry them up 4 flights of stairs to a new flat. Time to start listening to some of those records before I move.

In the last 2 months everything has changed – my practice, my relationship, my work space and now my living space. It’s been an incredibly tough time but somehow I don’t feel weakened by it. I don’t think I’ve given up on anything, but I don’t feel like I’ve had much control over things. Which reminds me of a rather charming proverb that always makes me smile: “If you’re not enjoying the ride then let go of the tiger’s tail.”

So what are you holding onto? Does it serve you well?

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