From the moment I’m done being out and about in the world I have one thing that I look forward to the most. One action that provides me with the most satisfying amount of freedom. That is when I trade in my regular pants for sweat pants. My sweat pants are old. I’ve had them for years and I love them. The longer I own them, the more I love them. The more I love them the more I hope that they never fall apart and that I’ll be wearing them when I’m 90 years old.

I look at these pants now and I don’t just see pants, I see memories like watching movies with my husband, relaxing while on vacation, quite moments of reading, etc. These memories mean that I am forming a relationship with these items.

In recent months I have been making more of an effort to use what I have and not be so hasty to replace things. To keep these relationships going I have to take care of these items much more. Like washing them regularly and keeping them stored away when I’m not using them. Like everything else in life, I am aware that these items that I’ve formed a deeper bond with will not last forever so I am just hoping that I can appreciate them as much as possible and take care of them well so they can stick around as long as possible.

I know I started off by talking about sweat pants and the joy that comes from wearing these magically comfortable leg warmers. The interesting thing about recognizing this love is then having the realization that it won’t last forever and that it will change over time. So do form a better bond with not just people in your life but the things that serve you. Love them a lot now so when they do need to be retired or leave, you can do so with zero regret.