Things. Valuables. Possessions.
There’s many that I hold to my name. Some more important than others, but each still worth their own. As I sit here in my room, I can’t help but to look around and count off the little trinkets and elements that mean something to me. A weaving a friend made that hangs next to my door, the vintage map of colorado behind my bed, my favorite necklaces that drape from a hook…
I love these things, and I’m thankful for them. Just like the roof above my head, the friendships I’ve built, and everything else that adds a little sweetness to my life. For as long as I can remember though, I’ve never been the best at putting forth extra care towards the things that need it most.
One instance in particular happened while I was surfing in Puerto Rico. I’m a ring wearer, and I’ve been wearing the same 4 on my right hand for years. They were passed on to me from someone else, and they’re some of the most special pieces in my collection. All are secure enough that they never come off, except with extra force. I got in the habit of never removing them, so they kind of just live life with me as I live it. When I went surfing that day, so did they. I took off on the first wave and as I went to stand up, I felt one of those rings slip off and fall into the water. Lost to the blue abyss. For something that I had worn for so long, it was sad to realize that I’d never be able to again, but all could have been avoided if I would have just taken the extra care and time to remove them beforehand.
Why didn’t I?
I think I can blame this on a lingering thought that forever exists in my head…
“It will be fine.”
No matter what situation I find myself in, this phrase is on repeat in my mind. For the most part, this is a good thing. It’s helped shape my laid-back, optimistic personality and care-free outlook on life.
But sometimes, everything isn’t fine, and I realize it after it’s too late.
I’ve been through multiple cracked screens (laptop and phone), lost jewelry, broken electronics… these things become costly. I’ve lost too much sentimental and monetary value over the years that it’s time I start caring more. I want to know my prized possessions will be fine, rather than just assuming. So, I’m asking you all… how do you put that extra bit of care into the things that are of value to you?
As I move into the new year, this is something I plan to work on, and I love hearing your advice. Please share in the comments!