Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to treat yourself like your computer.
- Delete your history.
- Empty your cache.
- Purge your cookies.
Not all history is good history. Some of it is, but not all of it. It’s ok to get rid of history. Sometimes living with the weight of history just keeps you from moving on to a better life. Getting out from under history is why most people move to America (and why some move away from America). People from abroad often talk about our optimism, our tough can do attitude, our willingness to take that extra step when everything tells us to stop, our inventiveness and creativity. Most of this comes from being “history light.” If you’ve got that sinking feeling, maybe it’s time to throw some history overboard.
A cache should, by definition, be small and full of easily accessible treasures, like a pocketful of rubies. A cache is something you put aside for the hard times. A squirrel caches nuts for the winter. Caches are made to be raided and emptied. Caches are survival tools. In computer terms, a cache is a collection of hidden data that generally helps you retrieve pages more quickly when you go back to them. But suppose you never want to “go there” again? Then your cache is useless. Everyone has some slag in their cache. Clean it out completely this winter, so that next year this time, you’ve filled it with noting but useful golden places and things and people.
Finally, purge your cookies. It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t have something following them around, a habit, an obsession, a stalker. Cookies are used for tracking people. They invade your privacy. They’re a lot like voyeurs or peeping toms/thomasinias. They make you think they’re giving you something nice, like a cookie, but really, they’re more of lure. If you’ve got something following you around, feeding off you without giving you anything back — like a parasite — get rid of it. And remember, some of the worst cookies out there are the one’s someone else has put in your head to bake. Make your own cookies this year!