Saving Things Forever

Recently I’ve been going through some old boxes and piles of things that are just taking up space. I found so much cool stuff! I found scrap booking supplies, random pieces of cool looking material, ticket stubs, stickers, etc. Everything salvageable, I keep.

But I have this habit where I never use things even when the opportunity arises. I know lots of people who say, “I’m going to keep this for a rainy day!” and then when that rainy day comes, they just forget about it. Not me. I remember it, but still don’t use it. For example, I have a large piece of paper that is blue with cool looking bubbles all over it with a peel off back to make it a sticker. I’ve been transporting this thing for years, through multiple moves and everything. I am determined to use it one day. But even if I thought to myself, “Hey, I should use it for -insert craft-!” I probably wouldn’t. I would keep it neat and clean and unfolded and store it away for a better opportunity to really get the most out of using it. What if I come up with a better, more perfect idea another day?

When I was a kid, I specifically remember seeing my friends use up all their stickers. My stickers? My stickers were all still on the page, unfolded, clean, and kept safely tucked away for the best time to use them. All those other kids were suckers for wasting their stickers on their math notebook. Bleh! I would save my stickers for something worthy.

Let me tell you, over the years I have found so many perfectly preserved sticker books and sheets from my childhood. Every time I find one I wonder to myself why I didn’t just use them when I was young enough to have fun doing it. What am I going to do with butterfly stickers now? I gave them all away to my friends with kids. I was pretty happy the day I saw a bunch of stickers all over my friend’s place after giving them to her daughter. At least someone got to use them.

I guess the moral of the story is that I should use my bubbly sticky paper up on the next idea –any idea- that comes along. What’s the point of having cool stuff if I never use it up? I don’t know the clinical reason for my crazy habit, but I’m sure there is one.

Do any of you out there keep random things for the best time to use them? In other words, please help me feel better about my weirdness. Thanks.

Pure Imagination

Reading is unique from any other form of media.

When you watch a TV show or movie, everyone else sees and hears the exact same things as you. But when you read a book, that’s completely not the case. We all see the same words and read the same descriptions, but what we see will be vastly different from what someone else sees.

How crazy is it that no one will ever imagine a story in the same way? It doesn’t matter how amazingly detailed an author’s description is, every reader will experience it differently.

That’s what makes reading so special. My version is mine alone and no one else will ever know it.