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Thankyou ma’am for writing on this emotional and relatable article. Objects leave behind a world to which we can easily be transported by just looking at them. We connect to some things so much that when someone tries to take them away from us, we retaliate as if they were trying to take that memory away itself. A memory doesn’t just remain a memory then, the object associated with it becomes just as valuable to us as the memory itself. When my mother walks in to my room, she finds the items that I hold on to junk and wishes to throw them away. She sneaks into my room, eager to clean it and is always welcomed by me, refusing to let her close to my precious memorabilia. Scattered across my room, my memories in the form of things, including old calendars, jeans that don’t fit anymore, old board games, video games which I know I will never play again, CDs full of songs which can now easily be found online, pens which are out of ink, and most importantly my prized GI Joe and toy cars collection from when I was 10. It is easy to hold on to the past, because it is comfortable and familiar. It makes us feel less vulnerable and more protected. But it’s important for us to step out of our comfort zone to grow and learn. It’s not easy, but being vulnerable makes us stronger and helps us experience things in a new way. I’m not arguing that we give up our memorabilia entirely, but we need to know where memories end and the present begins. A reluctance to let go of things can also mean reluctance to let go of the past. Since memorabilia is so powerful that it can take us back, holding on to items, say, of a former girlfriend, would mean painful reminders of the past everyday. In this case, getting rid of things associated with her will mean readiness for a new relationship. Therefore, while memories need to be kept close and treasured, we shouldn’t lose track of the present memories we are making. We need to give way to new memories. On the flip side, the fast changing world and growing technology is providing a whole new dimension to this puzzle of storing or trashing objects related to memories. With technology changing so fast, the life cycles of TVs, refrigerators, phones, etc are reducing by the day and hence minimalizing the attachment one has with these consumer durable goods. Similarly, cloud storage has completely disrupted the concept of storing photo albums. More and more people are converting their old photos to digital copies and saving them on the cloud. There are many more examples that showcase how the new age world is facilitating us to store and share our memories in a smart way.

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