Pressure, #477


Yesterday, I spent the entire day getting rid of stuff.  When I say “stuff”, I am talking about 5 tall white kitchen bags filled to the brim of old toys and clothes that we just don’t use anymore and two tall white kitchen bags overflowing with garbage.  Now here’s the crazy part:  that “stuff” was only from my daughter’s bedroom and my bedroom.  I didn’t even get to the rest of the house.

So here’s the big gaping question:  Why in the heck do we hold onto so much “stuff?”

Of course, you can look at this question in two ways; literally and figuratively.  I quite intentionally mean to ask it both ways, because to me, each are of equal importance.

Getting Rid of “Stuff” Literally:

We hold onto our “stuff” because

(1) we think we will still use it “someday,”

(2) we’re sentimental about it

(3) we lack the time it takes to get rid of it all

All are true for me.  Getting rid of stuff literally is a huge obstacle that I avoid and avoid until I just can’t take it anymore.


Getting Rid of “Stuff” Figuratively:

We hold onto our “stuff” because

(1) It is hard to examine ourselves in a non-objective kind of a way

(2) Getting rid of “stuff” takes emotional work

(3) Old habits are hard to break


So what happens when you don’t get rid of “stuff?”  Well, right now I am having a huge lower back pain from all of the physical effort yesterday and the stress of it all.  My body is speaking to me, and I guess the bottom line is that we shouldn’t really let “stuff” accumulate.

I am feeling the pressure of getting “stuff” done, but truly, I really do lack time, so I have to squeeze it in when I can.  That is why my song of the day is Billy Joel’s “Pressure,” because it is how I am feeling today.  Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear this very fitting song.  You would think that 7 tall white kitchen bags removed from my life would ease up the pressure….but heck no, because there is so much more to do and no time to do it in.  For right now, I’m off to work and then to watch the kids’ basketball game and then to visit with my hubby’s sister and then to help the kids with their homework….blech.  Can’t I just have a few hours?  Oh well….everything in balance, right?  Maybe I should buy a scale.




About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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