My birthday was a week or so ago and for a present my parents got me a new laptop. It's so nice and has all these great features (like a web cam and Microsoft 2013) that will come in handy in the future, but I have to admit the gift was a little bitter sweet.
You see my old laptop was basically falling apart....the screen was held together with medical tape and was connected to the keyboard with only one screw...oh and it had to stay plugged in at all times when it was on because the battery had died. But it was also my prized procession. It was the first major purchase I ever made on my own....plus my brother in law helped pick it out for me (and by helped I mean did all the work and left just paying for me), so it's one of the few connections I still had with him.
And now, with getting ready to lay that old laptop to rest, it feels like I've come to the end of an era. I know that sounds totally over-dramatic and a bit cheesy...and it is, I'll admit it....but it's true....I'm going to miss that old laptop!
The funny thing is, I am like this with a lot of things in life. I hold onto everything until it's absolutely falling apart and can't possibly go on much longer. My car's been on it's last leg for years, but I keep driving it. My socks almost all have wholes in them somewhere, but I keep on wearing them. Some of my favorite board games are missing vital pieces, but instead of throwing them away I keep them just in case I find what's missing and can play it again. Maybe it's separation anxiety...or maybe I'm just a hoarder...but I really hate getting rid of stuff, even if it's just to make room for the new.
Am I the only one like this? Do I need to check myself into a 12 step program and teach myself the importance of letting things go? Or is this all just pretty normal for all of us in the world?