“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ~ Steve Maraboli
In October 2007, I gave the CAT examination. When I came out of the exam centre, I knew that I wouldn’t make it to the tier 1 Indian B-schools. The results came out 2 months later and proved me correct.
I did go on to get my management degree, but I never could get the courage of wearing a shirt I wore on that exam day. For me, the shirt stood for regret for not making it, and fear that something similar would happen to me again.
Fast forward to January 2012. I was going through the clothes in my cupboard and found this shirt. I hadn’t worn it for 5 years. We had a clothes donation drive in our office. On an impulse, I took the shirt and donated it the next day. And suddenly, I felt liberated.
I came back to my apartment that evening and took another look at all of my clothes. I had 3 shirts not worn since 3 years. I visited my uncle’s place and found 5 pairs of shirts and trousers which I had kept as backup. Imagine not using that backup for 3 years! I donated off all.
I visited my hometown and found 8 shirts, a pair of trousers and 2 pairs of shoes not touched since 2006. I gave them all away to our gardener Babban and the housemaid. Babban, by the way, became very happy and said I was a very nice guy and should get married quickly. 🙂
It was time that I started doing an evaluation of all my possessions on a regular basis. Why had I kept so many things? Do I really need them? Or do I have some unnecessary emotional attachment? If I haven’t used something for half a decade, do I really expect to use it anytime ahead?
I don’t want another CAT shirt in my life – I have set up an event on my calendar to check my stuff every 6 months and donate when not required or unused. Along with that, I will do my best not to hold on to feelings like regret – what is gone is gone and I should learn to move ahead.
You should try out too – you too might feel liberated, and you never know to whom you might spread happiness to, by that simple action of yours. 🙂