As I previously mentioned, I’m currently going through every item I own one by one to determine what really adds value to my life and what is just clutter. This process has lead me to gather all the papers in the house (bills, drawings, old receipts from the grocery store that I’m unclear why I kept for the past six years, etc) and pile them in the living room.
I managed to take several dozen boxes and condense it all down into one, but I’m still rather torn about the contents. Some of the papers in the keeper box do bring me a lot of joy. I found a comic I did about my first Dungeons and Dragons experience, and it brought back wonderful memories and had me laughing to the point of tears. (All inside jokes, mind you, or I’d post it here. It would not be amusing to anyone but myself and my old Dungeon Master.)
Unfortunately (fortunately?) there are a lot of papers that fall into a different category: Creative ideas. In my book, I talk about writing down ideas, prior to judging them, regardless of whether or not you plan to use them. What I didn’t take into account was the fact that decades worth of ideas scribbled on every conceivable type of paper possible (I have several scrawled on restaurant placemats) takes up room. A lot of room, as it turns out. I just had never noticed that before I began this tidying process.
While letting go of some material possessions is difficult for me, the knowledge that I could – technically – reacquire nearly each and every one brings some comfort. The fact that even the hard-to-find ones are not one-of-a-kind means letting go is a lot easier. This does not apply to my reams of ideas. These are concepts and thoughts that will never come to me again. I can’t rebuy them, nor can I relive my life to stumble across them a second time.
I am not sure what to do about this.
My wife suggested that I buy a journal and copy the box full of ideas and brainstorming into one place. That seems like a wise course of action, so I’ll give it a try. I’m not sure if it will work, but there’s hope there.
Do you have any thoughts or suggestions on what to do with years and years worth of ideas? I doubt I’d have enough time in my lifetime to accomplish them all, even if I wasn’t as lazy and sluggish as I am. If you’ve been through your own collection of scribbled dreams, please let me know how it went and if there was anything that helped you along the way!