“It’s inspiring to learn the many ways our possessions reflect and fuel our passions, and how they tell the story of who we really are.” —Kristina O’Neill of The Wall Street Journal Magazine

George Carlin, in his appearance at the 1986 Comic Relief dedicated all of five minutes to talk about the obsession we have about the “stuff” we own and how unsatisfied we are until we get–you guessed it–more stuff.

Evidently, the things in our possession bear that much of a significance as they tie in our interests, passions, and aspirations together. They define who we are at the core, even the parts we, ourselves, are unaware of. We long to expand our collection of possessions to reflect our ever changing selves, thus it’s likely that the things we were once very fond of will lose their appeal and zeal as we grow and expose ourselves to a wider spectrum of experiences. The closer we get to discovering what we are most passionate about, the more we will strive to surround ourselves with the appropriate resources to fulfilling said passion and making it a reality. To glance into a man’s dearest–and sometimes, simply common–possessions is to begin to unravel, on the surface, the things that motivate and drive him, what defines him as a man. (It’s not simply judging the book by its cover and settling for a misguided conclusion, but it is inferring about the theme of its content based on the recurring visuals displayed on the front.) It’s often said that we project portions of ourselves and experiences onto the things we encounter in the world, therefore, we see fragments of ourselves in things we display interest in.

No matter what they are, the things we collect and possess tend to represent, to some degree, our aspirations and sometimes the paths we are yet to discover and pursue. We just have to dig deeper for there’s more than meets the eye.

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