How much do your belongings mean to you?

@savypat (20248)
United States
March 28, 2013 12:41pm CST
I was watching the people in Washington state, USA who's homes were close to falling off a cliff. Much of their yards and several homes had already fallen. These people were trying to get their belongings out of their homes. It made me wonder what I would do. Of course depending on the risk I would go after certian things. But once the authorities had warned against the safety of the house I think I would just let it go. How about you?
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@marguicha (80330)
• Chile
28 Mar 13
I don`t think that things mean so much to me. But I try my best (beforehand) to live in a safe place. As you are telling us, It seems that those houses were not built in a safe place to begin with.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
30 Mar 13
In our country some of the most expensive property is beach front or property on the top of a hill. People here love a view and so many homes are built in these places. With the changes in weather and increase in storms many of these places are not as safe as they were thought to be. It sounds to me like that is what happened here.
@doroffee (4233)
• Hungary
28 Mar 13
I'm such a bad item addict. I mean, all the things I own have grown to me so much, that I would feel so miserable if I lost all the things. My stamp collection, my photos, my clothes, my books. I think I would be that idiot kind of person who would actually go and investigate for my belongings even if the authorities told me it wasn't the best idea.
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@TLilly12 (1230)
• United States
28 Mar 13
I would get my computer and my important papers, and my pictures, that I needed anything after that, can just down with the house, and I wouldn't want a house in unsafe area in the first place, I don't like house build on a mountain, or on a high mountain area, that to me is very unsafe.
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@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
28 Mar 13
You can replace property and your belonging, but you can't replace a life! However there are certain items which are irreplaceable like heirlooms and which have sentimental value, but it depends on what price you put on them and exactly what risks you are prepared to take to get them back.
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@dawnald (84130)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Apr 13
I would get the children, the cats, the important papers and as many family heirlooms as I could manage in one or two short trips. That's it.
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@2aero2 (60)
• United States
31 Mar 13
Belonging are very important to me, but no way would i risk my life even a little even if the house is consider, stable after something like that i wont even step foot in it, i guess im extreme. my life is my most valuable asset.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
30 Mar 13
I can pack everything that really means anything to me in the trunk of my car and still have room left over. That's the way I've always been. And even those few things can be left behind because I have my memories. My mom always told me to never love something that can't love me back. Nothing in that trunkful of possessions can love me back so I don't love it enough to risk my life getting it, not even the painting my Grandpa did or the pearl necklace my poor mom used to like to wear. I've always felt that when you have a lot of things you just can't live without, you are in a prison of your own making.
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@jiiiiin (569)
• Philippines
29 Mar 13
I wont risk or waste my life for the things that can be replaced again. Yes it may be sad to lose something you value the most but life is the most precious thing ever given to you so why waste it?
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@GDTimothy (446)
• United States
29 Mar 13
I think it depends on your specific situation, so I'm sure not everyone would choose to do as I would do. If you have a lot of "stuff" like me, you'd have to make some heart rending decisions on what was most important to you, and while deciding you might just run out of time to save anything at all. But upon really thinking about it, I suppose there would be 3 or 4 items that I would really try to save that would be irreplaceable and have lots of sentimental value too although not worth a lot of money. Some folks are less material than others, and may not try to save anything, while others I'm sure would frantically scramble to save as much as possible while at the same time evaluating how much time they may or may not have to do that.
@inertia4 (26913)
• United States
3 Apr 13
I would start moving things out of my house right away. All my pictures, all my kids stuff and then all of my collectables and especially my computer. I would try and get everything out, but some stuff that is not important to me then I will just leave behind.