We have a fireplace in our living room that looks like a coal fire. It’s not. It’s a gas fire.
It’s not connected up. The previous owners of the house had it disconnected and we’ve never needed it. We use the mantlepiece to stand pictures and ornaments.
In front of our not-fireplace we have a shiny metal stand with a set of fireplace tools. Tongs for moving coal, a brush and shovel for sweeping ash, a poker to stoke the coal fire.
Again, the coal fire is fake, the fireplace doesn’t work and we have a set of tools just to one side that we never use. We don’t need any of it! And yet we keep it all the same.
All of which is a long way to get to ask you: what are you holding on to that you don’t need any more?
Maybe you’ve submitted your thesis and have been holding on to an idea that you didn’t quite finish exploring.
Perhaps you’re a little stuck in your prep focussing on parts of your work that just aren’t important.
Or it could be that you’re holding on to an idea of who you are, what you can or can’t do, and that idea isn’t helping you any more.
It might be hard to let go sometimes. But if you consider what you’re holding on to, even if you can’t get rid of it completely, perhaps you can reflect and see what will help you more.