Carrying too much

Does everyone go through a stage in their life where they carry too much?

I remember one time specifically when I was a kid, my dad noticed the pile of stuff I took out of my pockets before bed:

  • Multi-tool
  • Pocket knife
  • Piece of string
  • Wallet with a chain and lock (I thought it was cool back then)
  • A pile of coins
  • Chewing gum
  • Notepad
  • Pen
  • Chap stick
  • An extra Kleenex

When I write it out in a list, it doesn’t seem so bad. For a 10-year-old, though, it’s pretty bad.

What about now? Many of us have traded our pocket knives for cell phones, our pens and papers for laptops, our wallets with cash to card holders with 10 different cards. Many of us are still carrying too much.

I’ve pared down significantly. I don’t carry a cell phone or my laptop or even a wallet anymore (just a money clip). Still, I noticed earlier that I’ve been carrying more than I need: 

  • A paper with important numbers on it
  • A pen just in case
  • A bag because it’s what teachers do

Time to pare down again.

Does everyone go through a stage in their life where they carry too much—or, for some, is it a permanent way of life?

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