The other day I tried to write a post about immaterial things. I wanted to make a list of my favourite things that aren’t actual objects, that aren’t things that I could hold in my two hands. Sometimes I use materialism as a way of avoiding deeper emotions. Buying new lipstick is easier than processing my thoughts. Shopping is an easy method of self-care, it’s instantly de-stressing, and the things I buy make me feel like I have some sort of control. If I have things, I feel less empty.
I didn’t end up publishing the post because I never finished my list. I could only think of three immaterial things that I cherish (not to say that there aren’t more). This is what I came up with:
1. The smell of my grandmother’s home.
2. The satisfied feeling I get after mailing a letter.
I’m hoping I can add to the list. Letting go of the things I don’t need is an important part of my recovery. Or scratch that. Realizing the things I need don’t have to be objects is an important part of my recovery.
What are your thoughts?