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(HUM 310) Journal #7: Money/Possessions - Abadoss' Mind
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Mon, Oct. 22nd, 2007 03:12 am
(HUM 310) Journal #7: Money/Possessions

Be very honest with yourself. Reflect openly and creatively on what you have that is important to you. You may or may not say it is important to you, but your life and your identity show that it is important to you. What do your possessions mean to you? What things help to form your identity or the image you portray to others? How much of a motivating factor to you are money and possessions?

I think of all my possessions, I value my computer (at least by action) more than most things. I spend the most time on it than anything else. However, a lot of that has to do with the software that allows me to write music. The other part (a rather significant portion) of it is, to be honest, the internet. I spend a lot of time networking online and also, granted, wasting time. Other than my computer, I value my swords, pieces of artwork, music collection, books (with particular emphasis on Terry Pratchett novels), ring, and my curtains (it's strange, but they're important to me). The swords, I value because of the artform, which I practice. My pieces of art speak to me in various ways and give my dwelling place a sense of home. My music collection is important for the very reason that I'm a musician and I need inspiration sometimes. My books open up different worlds of imagination. Terry Pratchett novels just delight me to no end. My ring is a symbol of ideals that I have chosen to uphold. It is also a reminder of my past and the commitments that I've made. My curtains block ambient light from outside, so I can sleep at night.

Before I start talking about identity, I think it's important to note that I am now aware of the difference between your use of the word and mine. The way that you use identity is more like to what I would call "personage" or "persona". The way I use the word is more like the core essence of a person. For the sake of this journal, I'll use your definition.

My ring used to be a major part of my identity. It represented a commitment that strongly shaped my life for about seven years. A more recent decision to let go of that commitment has downplayed the ring's importance in my identity. However, even having a ring reminds me of that period of time. My swords help perpetuate the image of a swordsman that I place upon myself. My music collection can be used to show my diverse, yet selective tastes in music and thus could conceivably be used toward establishing identity. I didn't list these as some of my important items, but I've been noticing lately that the addition of my fedora and trenchcoat to my daily wear have had some interesting effects with how people view me.

I wouldn't necessarily say that I'm all that motivated by money or possessions. I enjoy having both, but I'm not going to compromise a great deal to get either. A work a job so that I can have money, but the money is not the end goal. The main purpose of the money, in my life, is to sustain a lifestyle in which I can fend for myself, while still being able to be generous to my friends and family. I like being able to take care of myself and do things that I enjoy, but I don't like feeling selfish with my money because I don't have enough to do both the things I like and be generous.

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This is where Maria talks about life
Wed, Oct. 24th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)

I bet you look awesome in a fedora!
Friend, I miss you! And it looks like the only regular bookstore around has all the Terry Pratchett books, except Witches Abroad which is of course the one I am on. So I had them order it for me. Can't skip, that would be inherently wrong.