Today March 2, 2017 is Old Stuff Day, as I was contemplating what I was going to write about today I found it difficult to decide after all I could make this post about older posts I’ve written, antiques that I own, or even just about things I’ve had forever. I began wondering what is defined as old? I mean anything can be considered old especially when you consider that time is relative. A child see’s their parents as old even though their parents may only be in their late 20’s or 30’s at the time the child is viewing them in this manner. However, socially we would not consider someone who is in their 20’s or 30’s old. I have stuff that has been with me since I was as young as a newborn, and I also have things that I’ve owned since elementary, middle, and high school. Some things I have I received while in college and other things I own I have obtained more recently since graduating college.
Instead of focusing on anything specific, I decided it would be more interesting to contemplate the philosophy of what is old. I turned 25 this year, and excluding a few antique books and pieces of furniture everything in my home is likely the same age or younger than me. We have a PS3, which though not the most recent in gaming systems is still not so old that people would call it such. I have an old school hoover vacuum that my brother in law gave us, some people would probably look at it and say it is old, but to me it’s just a vacuum I do not consider it as being old, but rather just a vacuum.
According to the oxford dictionary old has two definitions. The first defines old as having lived for a long time, no longer young. The second states old as belonging only or chiefly to the past; former or previous. Via the first definition we can see how children may view someone in their 20’s or 30’s as being old. However, I find it difficult to use this definition to state that my stuff is old. With the second definition I could see how some of my things might be defined as old. For example the PS3 is previous or former to the PS4 thereby making it possibly old or at the least outdated. My antique’s are a piece of history from the past same thing could also be said in regards to my stuffed animals that I’ve had since I was very young. Our old hoover vac may belong to the past in that they no longer make them like that anymore, but as it is still useful today and exists now I would have a hard time stating that it is old.
We all have things that are old in our home, however the great thing about old stuff is that it is never really old as long as we view it as being here present and young. It brings a new meaning to the statement “It Never Gets Old,” when you look at the way in which old is defined.
How do you define what is Old? Let me know in the comments below.