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My graduation party is this week, and to prepare for it my mother has required me to clean every part of my house, including all the unused corners and dust-collecting shelf ornaments. As I was re-organizing my room to satisfy the expectations of my mom, I came across all of the objects I kept for sentimental value. I found two yearbooks with scribbles from my classmates. I got to reminisce on the friendships that I used to have, and how much things have changed since freshman year. I found all my rocks and coins ($14 worth), and even an old essay I wrote on Neil Armstrong that I got a perfect grade on. I dusted off all of my trophies that I have accumulated throughout my athletic career. It took me hours to go through it all and I couldn’t understand why as a child I would keep all of this crap.
Then I remembered that it wasn’t crap. At one point those trophies, those coins and rocks, and those yearbooks used to be my treasure. I would have protected those things with my life. They still meant a lot to me as I found it all today. It was as if when I was younger I stockpiled these things to preserve my childhood. I never wanted to forget the times I had with the people I loved or lose the things I worked so hard to collect. Now I’m about to leave for college and it all hit me. So what did I do?
I threw most of it away.
I’m not going to forget all the great times I had. What made them great is what makes them memorable for a lifetime. I don’t need a physical object to represent a memory. My childhood stockpile was a reminder and a farewell. It reminded me of everything I accomplished, and that I should be proud. It provided me with reasons to smile if I ever feel upset. But also, it needed to go so that I could go. It will always be with me if i ever need it.
We all possess object with extraordinary sentimental value. We often only acknowledge these things if we are cleaning the house or showing a visitor. These objects can lift you up during your darkest days, or they can anchor you to the bottom of the sea. Sometimes, no matter how incredible the view is, you have to lift the anchor and move on.
Some decisions in life are easy, like whether or not to brush your teeth in the morning or if you want to drive to work or take the bus. But we often find ourselves in situations where we can’t put one option over another. We almost feel stuck in this stressful limbo in which we must pick the “right” choice. These inner conflicts are constantly occurring within your head. Your brain processes all the information you receive, and categorizes it in a way where it can be easily accessed subconsciously. You may not directly be thinking about what to eat for dinner tomorrow but it has already crossed your mind without you knowing. But I’m talking about a bigger picture here.
Everyone has thought about whether or not they want to continue their current job, end a relationship, change majors, etc. You could spend days listing the pros and cons on every big decision in your life and never reach a clean-cut answer. For example, I was stuck for months trying to decide on which college to attend. I could stay close to home and receive a great education, go far away on an incredible scholarship with almost no school fees to pay, or even play football on a collegiate playing field. Originally, the financial standpoint was the most important factor. How could I get a college education for the least amount of money? Luckily, I abandoned that state of mind and focused on one thing alone: Which choice would make me the happiest?
You will feel stuck at many points in your life. You will have a thousand different influences on your decisions and you won’t even know it. You will never please everyone, but you can do what will make you the happiest. That’s the one thing you will always have control over. Also, do not be afraid to make a decision that you don’t believe is entirely the right one. A wrong choice is better than making no choice at all. Have the courage to move forward; someone who is unable to pick will never get anywhere at all.
“If you have a chance to be happy, you have to fight for it, so later you have no regrets.” – Ilona Andrews
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.“- Gautama Buddha