Sunday, March 06, 2016

Musings... Regretting my DVD Collection

Figuring out who you are is a life long process. I had my phases with track pants, baseball caps 24/7, khakis, expensive clothes, and white t-shirts and jeans. What do those all have in common? They're physical objects. More specifically, they're possessions. For the longest time, I thought I had to define myself through the crap I bought and could show off to other people.

The minimalist self
My most recent self is one defined by virtually no possessions. The person I want to be is a minimalist. In the past year, I have Craigslisted a ton of stuff that's been collecting dust and even stuff I used but found smaller, cheaper replacements for. One example was my set of hair clippers for shaving my head: it's all about the Mach3 blade now. I would like to be a person who lives out of a backpack or dufflebag and be able to "go" in about 30 minutes flat. There will be exceptions, of course: I can't see me not having a television and screen smaller than 32" just won't do.

Why did I buy all those DVDs?
Unfortunately, Craigslisting isn't quick, easy, cheap, or guaranteed. People do not appear to want my some of my useless-to-me crap -- why oh why?

One of those things that I'm having trouble getting rid of right now is my DVD collection. It's not that big, but it takes up an entire shelf on a bookshelf. I have not viewed those DVDs in years. They were actually buried under some other things that I hadn't used in years.

Unloading them on Craigslist for a quarter of their original price, well below the current "new" price hasn't worked. Carrying them two miles to a local second-hand media store resulted in a long and overburdened two mile walk back home.

The DVDs were acquired over a period of years when I thought that being able to watch my favorite movies at any time was appealing. And I wanted visitors to see my collection and get a picture of who I was. Turns out I only watch things again when they're on television. And I don't really care what anyone thinks about me anymore...

Think it's time to dump them off on Goodwill or some other second-hand store soon.

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