No Need for the Past: Goodbye, Tenchi!
Last week, I auctioned off my Tenchi Universe collection on eBay. I had mixed feelings about letting the series go. I hadn’t watched it for many years and it was just collecting dust. And it’s really not that great of a series…it’s very mediocre, only made interesting because of its characters. Its two best contributions, in my mind, were the addition of Kiyone (my first anime crush) and one great episode, “No Need for Memories,” which was a non-canonical (as was the entire series) dip into Tenchi’s past with his mother. Besides this…the show is pretty forgettable.
But…you see, Tenchi Universe is the series that made me into an anime fan. For sure, I’d seen a lot of anime as a child (particularly Speed Racer and Voltron) and I used to watch Digimon, even with the embarrassment that comes with viewing a “kid’s show” as a teenager. But it wasn’t until Tenchi Universe (I’d seen this series in its entirety before the OVAs) that I became gripped by an anime series to the point that I wanted to find out more about it and to seek other anime I might like.
But alas, it was time to let go.
I try to live my life according to how Christ lived His. One thing that He mentions is to live in the present, neither worrying about tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34) or focusing on what’s happened in the past, as seen by His forgiveness of even the most disdained of sinners in Judea. Although a bunch of Tenchi DVDs are hardly a thing to worry about, they reflect a past that I occasionally want to forget – a past that sometimes contained hurt and wasted opportunities. I wouldn’t say that selling these DVDs is cathartic – I can’t go that far – but bit by bit, I’m letting go of physical objects as I let go of less tangible ones.
Forget the past. Live in today. Hope for tomorrow.
How about you? Have you let go of past items of which you had an emotional connection to? How did it feel?