“Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.”
—David Foster Wallace
A sunset is beautiful, but it lasts only so long. Once it’s over, it’s over.
In time, perfection is tainted by life’s beautiful blemishes. We often look at the things we enjoy—the relationships, the experiences, the possessions and we want to hold on to them forever. We expect that these things will continue to add the same value to our lives, day in and day out.
But life does not work this way. Not everything that adds value today will add value tomorrow.
When that possession stops adding value, however, what do we do? Do we ask ourselves why?
Often, once the dullness sets in, we let our effects gather dust or wither away in boxes and corners of our minds as Out of sight, out of mind.
And but then the only way to reclaim the missing value is to find another thing that is shiny and exciting and new. This is a dangerous downward spiral, where we’re constantly looking for that next nugget of excitement, which is the next burst of euphoria, that cocaine high that doesn’t last….
We must be willing to let go. We should let go of superfluous excess in our lives, starting with the dusty belongings inhabiting every nook and cranny and dark corner of our homes, eventually moving on to the more difficult things no longer adding value to our lives: sentimental items, unnecessarily old grudges, the Perfect life Dream, shitty relationships.
Ultimately, we must learn to let go. To do so, acceptance is the key. We needn’t settle, but we all have a reality we must accept. As much as we might want to, we’ll never be able to hold on to a sunset. Likewise, we can’t retain everything and still lead meaningful lives. Life is fulfilling only when we allow ourselves to let go, when we allow ourselves to be in the moment, when we allow ourselves to feel the moment.
After all, this moment is life’s only true reality.
Welcome 2018… lets carry minimal baggage to check-in from 2017.