No, I am not talking about reincarnation. I am talking about when I look around and see possessions for which I no longer have use, or even have any joy in owning. And yet, I am reluctant to dispose of them. Here is my modest coin and currency collection. Oh, look, binders full of postage stamps that I exhibited twelve years ago. The top of the bookcase is lined with Tibetan artifacts (if I had learned a principle from both Christians and Buddhists about having many possessions, this topic would not be written). My Marvel comics from the 1980s are in storage, I hope they are still salable.

When I look at those things, I feel like they were past lives; I am no longer that man. I am The Doctor (reference for fans of Dr. Who), I have regenerated into a new man that has elements of the original man still within. I am regenerating (albeit slowly) right now.

Yet, those objects were a part of me at one time. Some of these things took a great deal of time and money to accumulate. Many have good memories, some have bad memories.

And some are painful reminders of broken dreams, goals unmet, unbridled enthusiasm.

It is difficult, and next to impossible, to sell many of these things. Plus, I have things I am doing now and it conflicts with my time to catalogue and market my past.

So, does anyone else have to deal with relics that they no longer need, but still linger in their possession?

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I can understand where you are coming from ... I am about to prepare to move internationally and it leaves me and my wife with a quandary. We have many things here that we have lived with and become attached to BUT we also have many things in the USA from either our pre-married days or that were wedding gifts. So, what do we do ...

Our current solution is to de-clutter BIG-TIME before we leave Oxford. To get rid of everything that is not special (artwork & souvenirs from our travels), important (my academic research and books), or valuable (our nice clothes & our movies). Unfortunately, this is only the beginning of our process of de-cluttering because of the mass of stuff that we have accumulated in the USA ... just to sum it up, we could easily furnish a 5 or 6 bedroom house and still have extra stuff!

For some inspiration/ideas, may I recommend this article from Time and GuyNamedDave.com.
I can totally relate...I have a garage full of junk here and another one at my parents house (which I'm constantly reminded of). On a related note, if anyone's interested in picking up a cheap set of auto-body tools, please let me know :)
Perhaps that is part of my conflict. Not only am I short on space (one bedroom apartment), but my 'collections' are unimpressive. It certainly appears that you have things worth keeping, and have no difficulties in doing so. Perhaps you can have a section of your home where you display certain things, and then rotate them (November is Japanese tea pots, etc.).
Bad ones chuck them most of us need no reminder of the bad stuff. Maybe you could take the approach of keeping some as heirlooms. Or maybe if the collections are worth sell them and get one of your new passions. I do understand as I also have some things that I absolutely refuse to get rid of ie old comics, baseball cards, 1 set of class A's and one set of BDU's even though they just don't fit like they used to. Good thing you don't have any past lives. Just imagine how much more stuff you would have to go through. One thing I did do to help is I confined my self to 1 foot locker for my "junk". That way I have to decide what makes the cut. That and my son loves to play in it.
Ebay.
I chuckle. :-)
True, I cannot change my past by eliminating my possession. And my past is a major part of what I became today, of course.
Sell them and get a tattoo collage of it all?

Otherwise, I like the idea of just keeping the ones that help your remember the good times, purge yourself of the painful memories/reminders
Apparently, there is something wrong with me. I look around, and after living on this earth for 6 decades, I can see nothing that reminds me of my past. I don't seem to collect anything. Or if I do... there doesn't seem to be a need to keep any of it, for any length of time. One could look at my surroundings, and disagree, by pointing to a stack of magazines, or a box of photos. But to that, I would just shrug my shoulders, and say I just hadn't gotten around to pitching them. Stuff just doesn't mean that much to me.

Thanks Mark for posting a topic that made me think. Maybe I should care more about stuff. That's something I could work on, I suppose...
LOL! Yes, you definitely need to become more materialistic. Attach yourself to things so that you can be upset when those things go away...
I chuckle... :-)
My solution to the T shirt problem, because in years of Boy Scouts I collected a lot of them, was to get old and too round to wear them. It made the idea of recreating them into something else more palatable.

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