If someone asked me to name all of my hobbies, I don’t think that “being a collector” would be one of the first that came to mind. But lately I’ve been realizing more and more that I happen to be exactly that. And I think you might be, too.
I think there’s a collector somewhere in all of us… and that to realize that very fact can bring out the collector quality even stronger. To embrace the collector within ourselves is to realize what moves us most. Once we do that, we can surround ourselves with that quality even more, and ultimately… bring ourselves maximum happiness. Happiness that we can spread wherever we go.
There’s something about grouping like objects together that has a truly meditative quality… and it’s certainly about the thrill of the hunt, too. But what collecting really comes down to, in my opinion, is something so much simpler than that: We love what we love, and we want to surround ourselves with those good vibrations as much as we possibly can.
Take a moment to look at your habitat — your life — from a new perspective. You might not have an entire shelf dedicated to seashells you’ve collected from beaches on your various travels; you might not have an entire shoebox filled with beautiful antique stamps (or maybe you do), but if you look hard enough, I bet you’ll find that a collector resides within you.
A collection doesn’t even have to be tangible. Maybe it’s music that you collect – certain sounds that come together in a way that make you feel a certain way. Maybe it’s trips. Oh yes, if you live to venture off new places again and again, you’re a trip collector for sure.
Me? I collect rocks. Big and tiny; smooth and rough. If I spot a rock that moves me in some way; that makes me feel good just by being in its presence, I’m picking that thing up and carrying it with me all the way home. But rocks are just one of my many collections. I collect twigs, bark, dried flowers… anything that comes from the earth. I collect candles, incense, essential oils… things that bring beauty to me through my nose. I collect jewelry, crochet, ditsy floral printed dresses… things that make me feel like a goddess when I wear them.
I collect smiles and laughs, and quiet afternoons filled with dancing light.
And you? Do tell… what do you collect?