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!!!!