Struggles of letting things go

Moving on is generally difficult, but this is amplified when cherished objects are concerned. I am, of course, talking about the things that have shaped our childhood/past but can no longer be kept for sentiment's sake. Here are some of the things whose losses have left me with unresolved abandonment issues.

OLD TOYS: Let me stop your "kids will enjoy those toys more" speech, because I know. Of course toys would be better in the hands of their target audience, but that doesn't mean I like it. You see, these toys were probably the only friends a socially handicapped kid, like myself, had. Afternoons after school were spent carrying out miniscule battles of epic proportions with my green, orange and red men-o-war. War never changes, but the way we experience it does. Nowadays my plastic soldiers are all MIA, and I boot up "This War of Mine" to fill the void instead.

Additionally, I do not buy the "space constraints" excuse at all. If there's enough room in the house for all my high school textbooks, there should've been enough room for my box of Legos as well.


BOOKS: Letting go of books is a conflicting experience. On one hand you're glad that someone else (usually a friend) will be experiencing the story and emotions you went through. Besides this special bit of bonding and subsequent fangirling about the writing, there is no upside about leaving your favourite books. If you're like me, you enjoy leafing through old paperbacks now and then, laughing along with the wit and experiencing the iconic plot twists again and again.

Maybe your mind fondly recalls all those cups of coffee placed aesthetically beside the books (if you're a bookstagrammer). It doesn't matter how the bond exists, the point is every now and again you'd want those books at hand. Unless it's a book you didn't like, in which case refer to the "School Textbooks" sub-heading.

CONSOLES: Before the internet ruined Sonic for everyone, there was Sonic the Hedgehog. This was one of the pre-pack games included with the Sega Mega Drive, my first console. Even after years of seeing traumatising fan-art, Sonic remains one of my most beloved video game characters. This is the power that a console has over a person. Different people have their own favourites, maybe something Nintendo, or even a Playstation. Regardless of what it is, a first console is about as special as elachi-free biryani, and just as rare. This is why giving away one sucks even more. Not only are you losing a large chunk of nostalgia-bait, but you know the person taking over it won't treat it as well as you did. Want to know how I know? I had to give away my Sega Mega Drive to a cousin. Now it no longer works. 

In conclusion, giving things away sucks. There is next to nothing worthwhile about doing it. Learn from my mistakes, and hold onto things with a vengeance. Moving on is for losers.


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