I was clearing out an old email account recently. There were over 10,000 pieces of mail in there. Yes, it had been a long while since I’d really paid that account any attention. Obviously, I didn’t read every piece of mail as I was clearing things out. I did read a few. Mostly, I checked out where they were from. I realized that email account said a lot about who I used to be. The me I was as a newlywed, pre-baby young lady.
I was involved in EVERYTHING! There are emails from all kinds of shopping sites and invites to all kinds of events. Refinery 29, Fashionista.com, Editor’s Closet and Top Button were all in regular rotation in my emails. Johnnie Walker, LA.com and Gen Art all had events that used to be permanent fixtures on my calendar. I used to actually go to these events – weekday AND weekend events, I was there.
There are open calls for videos, tv shows and modeling gigs… I used to actually find time to go to those too. The emails were set up to be sent directly to my account when I had an agent years ago. I have never unsubscribed. A part of me is still interested in what goes on in that world. Slowly this email address started getting mail from the Knot and things really started to change from there.
At the end of the day, there are no regrets. My old account just reminds me that I used to be a young woman without so many responsibilities. It was a good place to be – back then. The great thing for me is that I love where I am now. Even though my current email address is filled with Zulily, the Bump and Baby Center emails, there are also meet up groups and entreprneurial emails that say a lot about where I am now. I see the growth between the two email accounts and what they represent.
Sometimes it’s good to look back at the old me and who I used to be. I’m more invested in the woman I am now though. I think that’s why my current email address has a few hundred emails instead of over 10,000! It’s OK to reiminisce but there’s no need to live there. The progress lies in moving forward.
What reminders have you had that you’ve moved on?