The Curious Practice Of Collecting
We all collect something. Some people collect baseball cards. Some collect seashells. Others collect tea cups. And if you’re rich enough, you collect cars and/or spouses. But why?
Some say it’s to connect to the past, to fill a void, to ease anxiety or for the adrenaline rush experienced during the hunt. Collecting can give us joy when done in moderation, but cause us pain when we over do it.
We sort our collections. We arrange and rearrange our collections. We display our collections. When we loose interest in our collections, we tuck them away in a box because they mean too much to us to sell or give away.
Humans have a tendency to collect inanimate objects so we feel joy. Maybe it’s time to collect the experiences of sharing a laugh, a story or a meal with fellow humans.