This new craze that I’ve been hearing about is one that every single one of us invented ourselves but never, ever considered actually doing.
Literally get rid of everything you own.
At least everyone living in North America has to have said at one point in their lives, “I just want to get rid of everything and start over.”
I know I have. For several years there was talk of setting fire to all of it but I settled for burning up the couches. We drug them outside first in case you are wondering. 🙂
I have been slowly organizing and simplifying for 11 painful years. I’ve come a long way but 11 years??? That’s embarrassing. Looking back I have a lot of regrets.
- I took too long.
- I didn’t get rid of enough.
- I let a better life pass me by while I was trying to figure it out.
It’s taken me 11 years to do what I should have done in one day.
It doesn’t matter though because I couldn’t have done it any differently. I was who I was and I did what I did but if I could do it all over again I would have gotten rid of ALL OF IT IN ONE DAY, including my house and car, and with a bag of essentials over my shoulder, taken a taxi to a hotel.
After a good night’s sleep from having so much stress lifted from my shoulders I would have got up the next day and gone for a walk and thought. I would have thought about what kind of life I want right now. Not the life I choose and paid for yesterday but what do I want RIGHT THIS MINUTE?? I would have walked and thought the next day and the next and the next.
I would have asked myself…
If I were to become one thing in this life what would it be?
What do I want to create?
What do I want to learn?
What do I want to be remembered for?
Learn Before You Act
Then to find out the answers to these questions I would have started reading every kind of book I could think of. Hundreds and thousands of books. I would have done almost nothing but read, write and walk until I had some answers. For a year. Or maybe ten years.
When I had answered some questions for myself and knew exactly what I wanted then I would have done something about it.
If I really could start all over again I would…
- Get rid of everything.
- Find a place to live that was within walking distance of a library and a grocery store.
- Put fresh flowers on the table every day.
- Prepare simple healthy meals.
- Invite someone to dinner every night.
- Sleep as much as my body wanted to sleep.
- Climb a tree every day.
- Walk 3-10 miles a day.
- Read 300+ pages a day.
- Write 500+ words a day.
- Memorize 2 lines of a poem a day.
- Sketch outside every day.
- Play my violin every day.
What I wouldn’t do…
- Buy junk
- Do stupid stuff
- Worry about stupid stuff
Does that sound as amazing to you as it does to me?
Then do it!!!
Do it right now!
Or part of it.
Or none of it.
Do whatever it is you feel like doing at this very moment.
If that doesn’t make you happy then do something else.
Live and learn and grow.
I’m happy I wrote this today because it has reminded me of some changes I want to make in my life right now.
What is keeping you from starting over and making a new and better life for yourself?