When Hayden and I first started discussing this idea of selling off our possessions, buying an RV, and traveling the country, it was very easy to say we are going to just sell everything and go. I mean I’ve always considered myself not much of a stuff kind of guy. However, once you start actually taking the photos, researching the prices and what you want to sell it for, and actually listing this stuff for sale, you find that you are more attached to your stuff than previously thought.
For instance, I’ve always been a video game collector and have old systems, games, controllers, box art, you name it. Collecting video games has always been more than just a hobby, it was a chance to relive some of my favorite childhood memories of sitting down and plowing through games like Final Fantasy and the Legend of Zelda. Another instance is I have guitars and basses that have traveled all over the country either in bands or just in the many moves I have made throughout my adult life. Some days I feel that by selling them, I’m giving up a part of my identity.
I just have to keep telling myself, this stuff is what gave you these memories, it isn’t the memories themselves.
Once this stuff is gone, it’s not like the memories I’ve had from them are gone. I will get to keep those forever. Plus, these days, all of those old school video games and consoles are available as digital versions which I can have on any number of devices instead of having to dedicate an entire room / entertainment center to holding all of these. Not to mention the fire hazard of having 4 or 5 power strips daisy chained behind them with power bricks plugged in all at the same time.
In the end, I have to remember that this is going to be a lifestyle change. Something I have done many times in my past, each time has had its own level of scariness, but all of which have brought me an incredible amount of joy as I get to experience the world from a brand new perspective.
In the end, it’s just stuff