“You are a lover of words, you will write a book.”
That was in a fortune cookie I read and it felt like a metaphor and a formula for something we do often and innately.
If you cut out the part about words and writing books from the fortune, you’re left with this formulaic, hangman sort of sentence. “You are a lover of ____, you will ____.” To me, this is about building collections. We’re collectors by nature, regardless of whether we know it or not.
I like movies, games and books and I have collections of all those. Do you like paintings, stamps and shoes? Do you have collections of all those? I think that at the base of it, this is about finding enjoyment in something and then getting more of it for yourself so that you can enjoy it more. Eventually, you’ll build such a large collection that you can’t help but to be an expert.
Collections like the Nike Air Jordans, the Dragonball Z box set and the Crash Bandicoot legacy are all tangible collections. But are there such things as intangible collections? Sure there are. These manifest themselves as experiences and can be collected in a similar way. I love playing football, and that motivates me to play more football. This is an experience driving me to collect more like experiences. In the end, you have an ever-growing collection and you’re on the way to becoming more knowledgeable in the field. The more football I play, the better I’ll become at it.
Knowledge in a field becomes something which arises from a large collection, which acts as a sort of log or documentation for you as the collector. You had begun collecting all these things so long ago, and now you have so many of them. You’ve come such a long way and have worked hard to gather all these things. The fact that you have what you have is a testament to the journey you had begun and are still currently on.
What or who may you have become if you had not begun that journey collecting all those things? Where would you be now and what other collections would you have? What collection of discussions could you be having and with which collection of people? What a collection of questions.
Regardless of whether your collections live in a display case or your mind, we have to be ruthless and unforgiving about them. We need to be true to ourselves and we shouldn’t need to worry about what others will say or think about our collections – how can our collections give us satisfaction if they are tailored to the tastes of other people?
When we share collections with like-minded collectors, we understand the capacity of the collection. We begin to realise that we could do this forever, marvel at how much more there is to collect, or just how much happiness our collections make us feel. It’s all en route to getting what we want from collecting in the first place.
When you stop and look at your collections, you can feel a sort of fulfillment. When you make time to gaze over what you have accomplished is when you feel the most accomplished. Your collections of daily jogs will make you wonder how you ever used to feel fit jogging only 5km at a time. In the same way, your collection of Justin Timberlake albums will undoubtedly show you how his music has changed and also stayed the same. Your collection of loved ones will show you the worth of collecting.
At the end of the day, we’re all looking for fulfillment and, as natural collectors, we’ll find it if we can step back and take a holistic stance when assessing our collections. Ten times out of ten, we’ll see that we had embarked on many journeys and that we had grown in several ways. It’s a part of life to collect.
Hi, my name is Dasarsh and this is the first of my blog post collection. Wish me luck.