Getting Rid of Stuff Is Hard #truestory

So I am starting the process of going through everything I own and deciding what I will keep, what I will sell and what I will donate…and ya know what…it’s hard!  I knew it would be a little difficult, because, I mean…it’s all my stuff, so yeah, my first reaction is to keep it, but I didn’t realize how attached to this junk I really was. One of the things that I am really looking forward to is the end result of having (basically) everything I own with me on the road.  There’s a freedom in that and it’s a freedom I have never experienced before so super excited about it.  I mean, I just think that would feel so crazy to roll up somewhere and literally have just about everything I own with me. Like if you can really stop and imagine for a minute what that wold feel like, it’s just crazy.

So, if I want that end result, this is something I must do…so going though my stuff it is.

This brings me to my books.

One of the things I am looking forward to while traveling is having more time to read.  I enjoy reading but it’s something I don’t do very often. but- when I do read, I will read for hours at a time. I totally get into the book and think to myself, “why don’t I read more…this is awesome”? I have even read a book from start to finish in one setting. It’s just not something I think of, but once I do it, I love it.  It’s kinda like Chinese food. Like it never sounds good and I never want it, but if I am dragged there I will go and eat and think, “oh, this is good, why don’t we come here more often?”.  Anyway…I digress….

So I like books, I like to read and I knew I wanted to take books with me. But…I had to choose which ones those would be and only hold on to those that I just loved. After much consideration I have a “final 4” that I am keeping.  And actually I have already read them all before, but it’s been a while so I really don’t remember them too much. A couple of the books are also kinda of sentimental to me as well.

So here they are with the reason I gotta keep them!

1. The Stranger by Albert Camus

Back in the day (yes, I’m about to show my age), I was obsessed with the group The Cure…like obsessed! My friend and I knew Robert Smith’s (lead singer) whole life…we even knew his favorite kind of gum (orange Hubba Bubba, if you were wondering), we saw them in concert and even started crying a bit…yeah…true story 🙂  So…Robert Smith actually read this book and his song “Killing an Arab” is based on this book. When I learned that I went to my high school library and checked it out immediately. Read it, loved it and just sort of conveniently”forgot” to turn it back in. I mean, I was 16 and in my mind nobody at that school could possibly appreciate that book as much as me anyway….so, yeah, still have it.

2. Four Days to Veracruz by Owen West

So I bought this book a billzillion years ago, read it and have always held on to it.  It seems the author was a marine or in the army or something and has a couple of other books out (although I have not read them). This one is good- the story is about a couple who is in Mexico on their honeymoon and basically, to make a long story short, they get involved in the drug cartel and their situation keeps getting worse and worse by really no fault of their own. Kinda reminds me of a Hitchcock film. Anyway, the chic in the book runs marathons and is super fit and athletic so I liked that aspect too (since I was a trainer for years). Good book but hard to put down because I never want to stop until they are in a safe place…lol

3. Grimms Fairy Tales

This book is just fun because it has short fairy tales…and some are just strange. I think all in all it has about 55 short tales to read.  Also, this was my moms book that she gave me a million years ago so it’s kinda a family thing…and that’s why it made the list.

4. Bob Dylan Chronicles Volume One

Anyone that really knows me knows that I love Bob Dylan. I mean, my son is named…wait for it…Dylan…that was no coincidence. My mom bought me this book for a present years ago when it first came out. I remember reading it but don’t think I finished it…or maybe I did..I really can’t remember. In any case, it’s going with me because I love Bob Dylan and it was a gift and …well, it’s Bob Dylan.   Side note: I was lucky enough to see him in concert about 7 or so year ago…yeah…I cried #nolie  I mean…it’s freaking Bob Dylan!

So those are the books I will keep and have with me. I was thinking, during this process, it’s going to be neat to see what all I end up with.  I mean, everything I keep will be stuff I truly value and/ or love…. I wont have room for anything else.

So, I’d love to know…if you have books and you could only keep a select few, what would they be and why? Would you be able to decide easily or would it be a struggle? Comment and let me know…I’d love to know what you all would do.

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