Ya all know that six weeks ago I moved from the island to the shores of Lake Tahoe. When I went Caribbean, I basically took my clothes (my summer clothes) and that was about it. I rented furnished (everything including the kitchen sink). I learned to do without a lot. I complained on and off, but I got by just fine.
About ten days ago a horse trailer load of my ‘things’ arrived here in Tahoe. I still have a storage locker about half full back in Idaho, but I got the necessities. I rented an unfurnished condo in Tahoe because I wanted to go home, and home to me is my things.
Well…here I sit ten days later among boxes stacked everywhere wondering, ‘what was I thinking?’
I am really excited to be reunited with my scrapbooks and family pictures. I have the artwork that hung on the walls of various homes and I can’t wait to put some of those precious pictures up here. I have my favorite blanket hanging over the back of my wonderful overstuffed chaise, BUT I have boxes and boxes of things that I didn’t need for three years, and with each box I open I wonder who was this person that needed so much.
When I lived on island, I saw people who had absolutely nothing. Can you imagine that? Probably not. Before I experienced it first hand, I couldn’t. I mean I know people live in poverty everywhere in the world, but in the tropics poverty means having ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. These people sleep in the bush or doorways. They wear the same clothes day in and day out, the wash themselves in the ocean and mostly they beg for food (even in a society, not unlike the US, where the welfare system pretty much is free with the hand outs). Even the people, who have more than nothing and a roof over their head, live a whole different lifestyle than some of the poorest people in America. I knew people who could not afford to have electricity in their homes. A vast majority of people have no vehicle and either walk everywhere, ride a bike or use the public transportation system (such as it is).
Now, I posted pictures of the places I lived. I was quite comfortable with swimming pools and ocean views. My condo had air conditioning, but I could not afford to turn it on, I will say the ceiling fans got a good work out daily. I did not live anywhere near the poverty level, BUT I got by with a whole lot less than I had waiting back here for me. So…I’m letting go of a whole lot more THINGS. I liked living a more simple life. I like having less clutter; I like being unencumbered of all the unnecessary, redundant things. I mean who really needs four frying pans.
I can already see that this little ADVENTURE is going to give me a whole lot more FREEDOM too.
How ‘bout you? Ready to de-clutter your life? Ready to experience a new kind of freedom. Remember – all you really get to take on the final adventure is the love you gave and got in return.