Thursday, April 30, 2015

My 60 year revelation

I ran across this post on Facebook yesterday that I thought was worth sharing, "Don't just De-clutter, De-own" was a post from a Health/Wellness website called, "Becoming Minimalist". I started reading more of the posts and found it all pretty fascinating and something I can really relate these days. It all makes so much sense to me, you can check the website out for yourself here. And "like" it on Facebook to read his posts there as well. It really makes you stop and think:)


The author just talks about ridding yourself of clutter, from every aspect of your life. Freeing yourself from a world of stuff and focusing on what's important in the world.


 I have talked about this before in my posts, about my purging stuff, and it's for this very reason. The first time I took a load to donate I felt such a weight lifted off me, it's weird, but it's true! It's like all the stuff you have accumulated has this hold on you, it's stuff that you haven't gotten to yet, or things that have a certain meaning to you, or in my case craft supplies that I had been storing for YEARS thinking I was going to get back to it. Nope, not gonna happen, it's gone................at last. And now that stress has been lifted, the stress of having that stuff to do but never finding the time to do it.


My husband and I hit the big 6-0 this year and it has really put me in a whole new mindset. I started wondering if this is what happens when you turn 60? I know that when I turned 50 I was, of course, a little devastated because I was getting old (!) but, I also loved what it was doing with my mind. I started to finally think for myself, not for my kids, or my husband, but for the first time in my life I figured I earned the right to express who I really am and how I felt about things. Not that I didn't before, I just didn't say much. I've always been one to "go with the flow". But when I turned 50, I felt a freedom that I'd never felt before, a freedom to be who I am at last.


So now that I have turned 60, I have a whole new revelation.......... that I don't need STUFF to make me happy! At my age now, I want to do what I can to make the rest of my life an exploration. I want to learn things that I'd never known before and experience things that I've never experienced before. I've had my family, I've sacrificed everything for them all my life and now that my children are all grown and raising families of their own and they are doing well, it's my (our) turn to live life to the fullest possible.


 Slowly but surely, room by room, I am cleaning and sorting and making more time in my world for the things that my husband and I have always dreamed of doing........we are living life!!!!








6 comments:

  1. I haven't read the article yet, Rhonda, but have been decluttering here for the last two years. You are so right; it's liberating. I'm not sure I'm all the way "there" yet, but get closer all the time!

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    1. I have been decluttering for the last couple years too, every time I get rid of a little bit more. After reading this article, I went down to my basement office/workroom and gutted it. I now have a pile to donate and a refreshingly clean(er:) workspace. It does feel liberating. You need to go to the Facebook page and scroll through all the posts that way, it's easier than going through all the older posts on the website, and you can pick the ones that interest you. I was honestly thinking of you when I read his post on De-cluttering your calendar and making time for yourself. It's ok to NOT be busy;) Amen!! You need to read it my friend:) love ya!

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  2. Love it...de-own!! Yes!! I have done this, but with a house full of teenagers who "NEED things, mom", I fear that I am fighting a losing battle. For every one thing I de-own, they bring in four! Ugh! Enjoy the process, it is freeing!

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    1. Decluttering would be hard to do with kids still in the house! But as empty nesters it's getting easier, at least for me Kim, but my husband has a real hard time letting things go. When I'm done with my decluttering I will be working on him:)

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  3. What a timely post for me! I've come to a spot in life's road where I have to take a small short detour or a long, bumpy one. To navigate the small one I'll have to let go of so many things very quickly...the long one, in the end will have the same consequences...but I will have carried it all that way! Happy May Day, Mickie

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    1. So which road did you decide to take? I know for me, at this stage of my life, I have better things to do than organize my stuff over and over again! Time to get rid of it:)

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