Why do I still have this stuff?

In my last post, I mentioned that I found another house to look at. I never did a follow-up post … oops. Well, here’s that follow-up: I bought the house!!!

I close on the house next week Monday (on my birthday). I’ve been slowly packing up my apartment (slower than I’d like). As I’m packing, I’m trying to figure out what stuff I don’t want to take with me to the house. I’ve got a bunch of stuff that I need to get up on CraigsList.com and/or FreeCycle. There’s some stuff that I just need to toss. If I haven’t used it in forever, why take it with me and clutter up the house.

I decided today to finish packing up the stuff in my living room and kitchen that I don’t use on a daily basis. I have a couple file boxes in my closet that I was hoping were almost empty so I could put stuff from my desk and file cabinet in ’em. One of the boxes has a bunch of Dale Earnhardt Jr stuff in it (magazines, calendars, etc). Those are not getting tossed.

The other box is FULL of books and notes and stuff from college … when I was studying to be a meteorologist. There are also some reports and manuals from when I worked on a weather modification project for 2 summers.

What am I doing these days? I’m a freakin’ web programmer. Why am I hanging on to this stuff?

For the longest time, I wanted to become a meteorologist. I was fascinated by the weather. I went to college to become a meteorologist. I was more interested in the research side than being on tv. I’m still fascinated by the weather. I just no longer have a desire to work in the field.

So why am I hanging on to this stuff? Seriously? It’s been in this box for years. I obviously forgot how much stuff was in the box. There are some things that I’d like to keep (like my reports/papers that were printed). But why in the hell am I hanging on to notes from college courses that I took over 10 years ago?

I think I just need to bite the bullet and toss this stuff. I hate to toss the books though. You don’t by chance know anyone who is going (or planning to go) to college to be a meteorologist, do you?