AM I TOO SENTIMENTAL?

AM I TOO SENTIMENTAL?



A good question to consider is, “Am I too sentimental?” If I am, is that a bad thing? Let’s take a moment to discuss, “Am I too sentimental?”

First, let’s begin with what it means to be ‘sentimental.’ According to Merriam Webster, sentimental means: ‘having an excess of sentiment or sensibility: having or expressing strong feelings of love, sadness, etc., in a way that may seem foolish or excessive.’ A sentimental person is strongly persuaded by emotional feelings, especially about happy memories of past events or relationships with other people, rather than by careful thought and judgment based on facts. Their emotions at times can outweigh reason.

Sentimental individuals will find it hard to get rid of things. These things are connected to good memories, etc.   If you do something for sentimental reasons, you are only doing it because of an emotional attachment. (You may want to read: Moving Past Yesterday)

Let me share a personal experience regarding being sentimental. I can remember finding it difficult to let go of my first car. There were so many good memories attached to it. First and foremost, it was the very first used vehicle my husband and I were able to purchase with cash from the seller. Secondly, it was the vehicle I had while being pregnant and bringing home my newborn baby. Lastly, for me it meant letting go something attached to precious moments that I would never forget. However, when I sold the vehicle to someone who really needed a car that really helped because I knew the person would take good care of it and they really needed a vehicle.

Is it necessarily a bad thing to be sentimental? I believe the answer is ‘no,’ however it could become that if you cannot let go of things. I think it is good to be able to recall beautiful memories and priceless moments. I also feel that if you keep something because of how much it means to you that is not ‘too much.’ (You may want to read: When it is necessary)

We have to be careful to not allow ourselves to hold on to anything too tightly and not keep everything. We can easily become a hoarder without realizing it.
We have to be careful to not allow ourselves to hold on to anything too tightly and not keep everything. We can easily become a hoarder without realizing it.

However, you need to be careful when you start holding on to ‘too many things.” This may be when you have to be honest whether you are being too sentimental. It is healthy to move on from people, places and things. We do not have to forget those that played an important part of our lives but we have to know how to remember while moving forward. (You can also read: Quick Moments ‘Sandals‘)

I have to admit, it is funny to me how often, I can look at something that I may still have because of how much I cherish it. However, I know that I cannot allow anything to have too much of a hold of my emotions. We have to be careful to not allow ourselves to hold on to anything too tightly and be aware of not keeping everything. We can easily become a hoarder without realizing it. Recognize what you would like to cherish because it has sentimental value to you and let go of what you can. You will maintain a healthy balance if you find yourself to be a sentimental person.

Let me know your thoughts. Do you believe you are sentimental? Are you quick to let go of things or do you find it hard to realize? I would love to hear your story. It will encourage others too. Let’s continue to take moments together.


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