I've just finished reading How Are Things by Roger-Pol Droit. As I mentioned yesterday this is a book I've had for years but never got into, I don't know why as it was such a straightforward, funny and interesting page turner. The author sets out to discover if there is anything to learn from the items we use every day, and if so what is their nature? It is a book not to be taken too lightly nor too seriously. If anyone is interested I've added a page tab at the top here to list the books I read this year, it's called Books 2016!
I say things and stuff a lot, you may have noticed and thought what an uneducated puppy I must be. It's not for want of more illustrative language, it's a conscious choice. When I removed the hoard from my house and started to organise myself I also shed a lot of mental associations, it was a physical and mental getting my house in order. I now use stuff and things to remind myself that although an item may have memories associated with it, it is not the memory or the experience itself. I may have been given something by a friend or other loved one but it is not the emotion itself, it means I can recycle my cinema tickets and donate my favourite ever skirt to the rag bag at a charity shop*.
Spending time volunteering and shopping in charity shops (there are 14 at last count in the town, hence all the bargains), markets and antique places has helped a lot too. I used to find it sad that all this stuff that was once a treasured possession is now just a pile of nothing until that one person comes along. But that's not something that came from the stuff, that came from me. It's not a pile of people sat around waiting, it's just things things they can no longer use. Things that once cost money and had value but have no value in themselves. It's sounds a bit melancholy and I suppose it could be taken that way, but I see it as freeing, I don't need to feel sorry for something that can't feel sorry for itself, it's misplaced emotion.
Things are things, they are not me, they are something other.
*I realise if you've never had a problem with stuff you might find this odd, but there you go, not everyone is the same.