The time I lost most of my possessions in a shipwreck

The brief story on how I learned about the dangers of letting your stuff own you.

Back in 2013 I was living in Japan and preparing to move back home to Ireland. In my two years there I’d gathered a lot of things, books, clothes, teaching items and some sentimental things like a school yearbook signed by my students. These had to go home with me.

So one day, I gathered them all up and put about 35kg into a large cardboard box to ship home. Apparently, you could send a package from Japan to Europe quite cheaply if…