collecting a thing

I’ve been doing the same hike on a weekly basis for nearly two years. But it wasn’t until a few months ago that I started really noticing the feathers along the trail. Now, every time I end the hike, I have a few striking feathers pinched in my hand to add to my collection. This one, it turns out, is from a woodpecker.

I could be upset about all the beautiful feathers that I didn’t appreciate (or even notice!) for the first 75 or so times I hiked that trail. Or I could be fascinated by how feathers seemingly appear now, simply because that’s where I put some attention. If it’s between being upset or fascinated, I’ll choose the latter.

What do you collect?