This past week Laird and I flew to Maui to move out of our home. We have been spending the last three winters on Kauai, and both decided if we were not to going to live on our Maui land then sell it. We were fortunate that an amazing woman decided she wanted to make the house her own. Funny how much easier it is to hand over your home when you like the new owner. Anyway, purging and packing is difficult and yet so liberating. We have moved, packed, and edited quite a bit as a family but I am always amazed at how much crap we humans collect. It’s shocking! I had the easy task since she wanted all the interior furniture. It was more about getting personal affects out and Laird had the giant undertaking of packing up his shop. Boards, equipment, tools etc.
Needless to say moving and editing your life makes one reflective. You start pondering how much time has gone by, that the children are growing so quickly as you give away things they no longer play with, and how easy it is to get entrenched in your past and your stuff. There is an instinct to white knuckle grip the past instead of just allowing it to flow to the next stage. One could say this about aging, and how difficult it can be at times to not look back, but to understand and enjoy who we are at this very moment. I’m not talking about looking back with a sweet fondness here and there of yester-years I’m more speaking of pitching a tent in our 20’s or 30’s etc.
I really want to stay diligent about where I want my life to go, and to continue creating new dreams and new challenges. I’m not speaking of “if I get that or arrive there then I will be happy”. I’m talking about taking myself the woman I am right now and continuing to have her strive and make the days ahead the best, and not that the best has already past.
I was lucky enough to have my friend Raphael come to the house and do acupuncture on Laird and I while we were scurrying around packing. He is a wizard. In a kind gesture he wrote me a note and on it was a quote;
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be SOMETHING but SOMEONE
We also had a conversation about how we humans think we are in charge of our stuff, but that each thing takes energy and we inevitably become a slave to it. Amen.
A reminder that I am only willing to hoard relationships, experiences, and good health.