Haven’t we all, even for a moment, thought about just jumping in the car or on a plane and leaving? Just walk away from it all? What freedom it would be to live like a nomad and go where the wind blows us. Stay someplace until the weather changes or another offer comes along and then go someplace new. Everything we own in a duffle bag. Sell the house, buy an RV and travel the world!
But what about my stuff? Can I so easily part with my treasures? Those little Christmas bells I hang on our tree every year were a gift from my great grandmother – how can I have Christmas without them? My scrap books with the kid’s baby pictures – can’t live without those. The painting my grandmother gave us for a wedding present? My husband inherited his grandmother’s fine china and we love to see it on the table.
We meet people all the time in RV parks that have done just that. They sold everything, bought a motorhome, and hit the road. But 95% of them have things in storage or at a kid’s house. Things they haven’t been able to part with.
My husband and I were almost there once. We moved on our sailboat and either sold or gave almost everything away. We got it down to one small storage unit. We lived on the boat for 6 years until a big storm came along and we moved back ashore with almost nothing. Twenty years later, we have a house full of stuff again.
Don’t you think nesting is a basic instinct? We gather things that make us happy or comfortable and keep it close. Possessions make us feel secure. But In the grand scheme of things we are all destined to leave this earth at one time or another with absolutely nothing. We’ll go as we came – with no possessions.
The older we get, we start to ask ourselves “What about my stuff?” What will happen to my pictures, my Christmas bells, our painting when we go? Since we’re leaving anyway, can we part with it now and not have to carry it around or worry about it? How much can you pawn off on your kids? Do they even want the china? Aren’t all those things just a physical representation of a memory that no one can take from us anyway?
My husband isn’t about to part with his model trains, so we will have a house for quite some time. But I’m going to start working on a plan to part with things. It’s just stuff!
What do you think about your stuff? Have you been able to part with it? Comment in the section below!
Photo of my Christmas bells.