Good morning! I just got back from a great sprinting workout – maybe I’ll post it tomorrow?! I had a much more relaxing morning since I don’t have class until 3:30 today. I know, I’m crazy for still waking up early…sorry.
I alluded to what I’m going to talk about today in Tuesday’s post, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting writing this post ever since! Before I start, I want to thank Jessie for hosting Thankful Thursday. Check out her blog to see what everyone else is up to.
I’ll admit, I’m generally a very trusting person. Although I grew up in a suburb of Chicago surrounded by “bad” neighborhoods stricken with poverty and violence, I have always believed the best in people. That’s why what happened on Tuesday morning makes me so upset with myself. I don’t mean to get negative, but I’m now aware that I really shouldn’t be so trusting…even in my small college town.
When I got to my car early Tuesday morning to head to the gym for my morning workout, the inside of my car was completely ransacked. My glove compartment was opened, all my stuff was out and all over the place. I was so scared. Even worse, my iPod was stolen.
I NEVER leave my iPod in my car overnight. Sure, I’ll leave it in there when I’m running a quick errand, but never over night. If I do leave it in my car, it’s hidden in the glove compartment, never in plain view. As luck would have it, the one time I leave it in there, it gets stolen. Luckily, nothing else was stolen…not that there really was much else to steal. I just couldn’t believe that this could happen.
I have no idea how they got in my car. It was locked, and there appears to be no break-in damage, so that remains a mystery to me. That’s beside the point, though. I called my mom right after I discovered it. Do you want to know the first question she asked? “Are you okay?” That’s when I realized…I was most upset that my beloved iPod was gone.
An iPod. Really? Something serious could have happened to me, and I was upset about losing a bunch of music (that’s already backed up on my laptop). That’s when I realized. It’s all just stuff. We’re surrounded so much by all these material items that we lose what’s really important in life. Obviously, I fall victim to this. I’m always on my phone, laptop, obsessed with shopping and buying new clothes. I’m trying to unplug more and more whenever possible…I’ve seriously become a slave to my laptop and phone.
I think I use a lot of these material items to compensate for the loneliness I sometimes feel when I’m away from family while at school. That’s why being home for the holidays helps a lot. This year and in years past, presents for Christmas have become so much less important to me. What’s more important is the comfort and support I get from spending time with my family.
I thought this post was pretty timely, as the holidays are quickly approaching. Don’t get me wrong, all the “stuff” I have in my life is great, and all, but I’d be no where without the people in my life and how they make me feel. So what, I’m without an iPod? I’ll make a CD. Unplugging the laptop for the night? Read a book. Phone’s dead? Have an actual conversation with someone.
Whew, that was heavier than I planned it to be. Long story short, I’m thankful for all the people in my life…including you, my readers (even if we don’t get to talk in real life).
What “stuff” in your life can you do without?
When did you realize holiday gifts were less important than they once were?