I have never been a very sentimental person, collecting only a few pieces of memorabilia throughout the years. I think I have maybe two small boxes of letters/CD mixes/tickets/adventure maps etc. and very few rare or unusual gift items such as coffee beans from a volcano or one-of-a-kind t-shirts. These tend to remain safe, preserved and untouched in the depths of a cupboard at my parent’s house under clothes I never wear.
Anyway, yesterday I asked myself what would I grab if my house was on fire. This is purely hypothetical, if you’re reading this housemates I have put the down the matches, but I was trying to think of what I physically valued around my bedroom.
Most music I listen to today is through the live radio, which you can access any channel from pretty much anywhere with an internet connection. Everything else is on my iTunes, I haven’t picked up one of my CDs in months. I have watched my DVDs so many times that I wouldn’t need to watch them again for years. All my photographs are either on Flickr or Facebook, and my insurance would replace most other things.
I think an object I would feel lost without is my iPhone. Since buying it in December I have all the apps, email accounts, phone numbers, saved messages, and alarms I need. But even my phone has now been backed up on iCloud, which means that even a completely blank new iPhone could retrieve all my settings in seconds, including my background picture.
I swear by the to-do list App, I pay for my cinema tickets with the Odeon App, I even use my voucher codes App to find discounts when I’m out shopping. I can win a bid on eBay whilst in the bath, I can send money to any email address instantly via PayPal, and I even pay my rent on my Lloyds TSB App. I swear that soon my phone will render my purse useless.
I looked around my room, not feeling very sentimental about any of it.
Is this digital, two-dimensional screen taking away the small feeling of sentiment I used to feel from daily experiences? I have no cinema tickets to save, I never go to the trouble of printing out photos or emails and I seem to have nothing to save in my three-dimensional boxes.
Maybe it is a different story if you spend more money on things. Do you naturally hold more value with more valuable items? Perhaps my lifestyle is more disposable than it used to be, perhaps I have simply become less sentimental with age, or perhaps now everything important to me has a digital safety net. I can’t make up my mind.
Do you have a similar sentiment?