A shelf in my home captures technological advancements in sound over the past forty years. Vinyl long play records fill nearly half the shelf, although I have not had a working record player in twenty years. A box I had built-in eight grade still holds a few cassette tapes and many more sit on top of it. I continued to use cassette tapes at least as long a my car had a player. But they too have been displaced by compact discs. But how much longer CDs will continue to be playable as cloud technology puts an endless array of music and audio books within my reach?
I suppose I hang on to my record collection as a tangible reminder of songs from my youth. The cassettes continue to get shelf space as I still have a tape player in an old radio allowing me to delude myself into thinking that I might listen to them once more before pitching them as well.
I suppose I could display the record covers changing them from time to time or season to season. But sooner or later I will recognize that their era has past and these relics can be disposed to make room in my life for new adventures.
For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven: …
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
— Eccelesiastes 3:1 & 6 (NRSV)
What have you hung onto beyond its usefulness which might impede future adventures?