One of the major reasons people hold on to stuff is the emotional attachment they assign to an object. I have a t-shirt that I’ve had since 1992. It is a Baylor University t-shirt and I purchased it when I was in high school for 50 cents. I still have it and it has survived many moves and donations to Goodwill.
I never attended Baylor University and I don’t have any association with Baylor. It was just a purchase I made because I liked the colors of the shirt. So why do I still own this shirt? Well, I guess because it has been with me so long and it conjures up memories for me. The t-shirt didn’t play a pivotal role in anything I did it just happened to be on my body here and there. The memories were not created by my Baylor t-shirt they were created by myself and the people around me.
The shirt itself is barely holding together and I only wear it when I’m doing work around the house or kayaking down the river. It has a giant bleach mark on the front of it and holes have started to widen on the shoulder areas. I’ve decided to throw it out even though I should have trashed this thing years ago. Yeah, it doesn’t take up much space, but the fact that I’ve held on to this shirt for so long is an example of how I assigned emotions to a clothing item. I am not throwing away the memories that I associate with this shirt, I’m just throwing away a shirt.
Goodbye, Baylor shirt. You won’t be missed because you’re just a shirt.