Sentimental Attachments: Old Agenda Books
This blog is full of posts bursting at the margins with tips for ridding your home of clutter, and learning to disassociate material items from emotional attachments. I stand by each and every one of those.
Truth is though, we all have some items that we regard as uniquely special, which we will continue to make space for in our lives.
Turns out that I’m a human too; a small person of 5′ 2″ who has feelings like the rest of you. And today I wanted to prove that fact by sharing one thing I’m emotionally attached to that no longer has any quantifiable value, that serves no functional purpose: old calendars.
I always hold onto old planners/agenda books/ calendars. Filled with my own handwriting and documenting the coming’s and going’s of one whole year, those books seem not so much books to me as little slivers of my life.
A certain sensation comes over me whenever I casually flip through them, and it hasn’t much at all to do with retreating into the past. It’s life affirming, see.
As I skim the calendar pages and read all those little notes–the doctor’s appointments at 10:30, and the dentist on Friday at 2:00, and the reminders of now long-passed upcoming deadlines, I’m overcome with the feeling of having lived. Seeing the minutiae of the everyday is proof of my own existence. It connects the dots between the events my memory is able to retain, which are almost always only the highest and the lowest moments.
I keep them because they feel like little windows into the days of my life.
How about you? How do you handle old agenda books?Image credits: Brave Girls Club, Design Sponge [subscribe2]
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