object permanence

Sometimes my brain makes me think things = happiness. Image: Joni Edelman.

In Defense Of Things

I know my more-than-average amount of stuff is related to my higher-than-average wealth, which makes me self-conscious — especially as someone who used to have to budget groceries to the dime. I can’t separate my privilege from my possessions, but I also know this isn’t just about that. It’s deeper than that.