Objects & Attachment: Crumbling Expectations
Some of you may know that my parents recently had all of our family home videos digitized because I posted a few of them on my stories. A lot of them are fucking hilarious, and I simply couldn’t resist sharing them. I sat through and watched nearly all of them (there are many) in one weekend, and I observed that I was almost always making weird noises and faces. I was also almost always told to “stop doing that,” to “look at the camera,” and to “show my face.”
So I learned to stop doing that. Not just from the commentary of my parents, but from the confines of society. Do you ever feel completely repressed because it’s socially unacceptable to make a weird noise/face/body movement in public? I do. We are told to explore and to be creative, but within the confines of a box. “Be yourself!” “No, not like that.” I’m sure you’ve heard this before. Yes, social etiquette is in place for a reason, but these rigid lines also keep us small, safe, and sheltered. They make us feel like we cannot veer outside of the box, but at the root, that we cannot fully be ourselves.
Let’s try to blur those lines a bit. We can start by working with our objects in new ways. I’ve written about how most objects have a self-evident, assigned purpose, yet it is us who assign meaning through use. So we can flip this “self-evident” model on its head by foregoing labeled use and instead tapping into the wisdom of our bodies. We can allow ourselves to veer of course by assigning nontraditional purposes to some of our objects, in order to practice a deeper sense of connection with our natural instincts. Perhaps your mug will become your new vase, your kitchen bowl will instead hold extra toilet paper rolls in the bathroom. Tap into your inner wisdom while observing your objects - how will each object best serve you? If you want to put your salt holder on top of a stack of books to also hold your rings - do that. If you want to use a chair as your bedside table - go ahead. Challenge your own perceptions. This will ignite dormant creativity for you to tap into, while helping you to break free from the confines you place on yourself, as well as on your possessions.
Here’s an exercise you can practice if you want to go deeper:
Where do you hold yourself back? Where do you limit your fluidity in order to keep yourself safe? Use these questions as journal prompts. Then see where you can challenge what comes up beyond your mental perceptions, but rather by how you operate in your space.
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