Most of us are especially as we get older, resistant to change as we tend to get set into what is comfortable. We have worked all these years to reach this certain point, what is the point of shaking things up? Well, I found out though it is really hard when you are set in you ways, dug deep into the trench of “how it is going to be”, that maybe the light of day no longer reaches you or makes you happy.
As mentioned in previous posts my husband basically had to drag me kicking and screaming out to look at new homes. He was intuitive enough to know that fifteen years of memories including a really bad marriage before him was haunting me and my daughters as well. After losing my mom the year before, everywhere I looked was reminder of my mom, my ex husband, my lost step kids. I couldn’t even garden without ending up in tears over some memory of my mom. Or coming across something the kids gave me.
My first holiday, Thanksgiving, in our new house has come and gone. We celebrated early inviting our “parents” to join us for a small dinner. My husband’s parents and my aunt and uncle who never had kids and have somewhat adopted me at least in spirit. Even though we ate on the table my grandfather made for my mom, used her china and serving dishes from both my mother and my grandmother, now all deceased, I didn’t feel hollow and empty but happy. I was able to embrace their memories like a warm, soft blanket of love that was wrapped around me and feel their spirits among us. My aunt and uncle were telling stories of my mom and my grandparents making it feel as they were still alive there with us.
Without the old memories haunting me, I was able to enjoy my first holiday in years. I would not have been able to do that in my old house. Creating new fresh memories, without the stain of old hurts and events swirling around bringing me down. Granted there will be bad times upcoming in my life because it is inevitable and I can’t move every time there is one but sometimes there comes a point that everything stops working and you are miserable. You can’t even force it anymore or fake it. It’s time for a change. In my case, it was purging my life of truckloads of possessions I didn’t realize I was hoarding and moving into a home in the country with more room and no neighbors looking in my windows.
There is a moment when you have to unearth yourself from your deep furrow of your life’s routines and come back out to look around, see what else life has to offer. I am so much happier living outside the city limits in a home that fits our needs better. I could have gotten stuck on the financial benefits of staying where we were but eventually I had to face the truth, I wasn’t happy in my home anymore. It wasn’t working, we needed more room, we were all miserable in it’s cramped spaces. Giving away truckloads of material possession I had no possible use for was therapeutic and not living in clutter is freeing.
Now I am looking forward to Christmas, I am actually contemplating going and picking out a live tree today rather than waiting for them to go on clearance the day before Christmas Eve. Even my husband was looking at me like I have grown a second head because he isn’t used to me being in the mood for the holidays. Except this year I have decided I am going to celebrate my holidays exactly the way I want them, I am done with feeling obligated because it always just makes me miserable. Cooking and cleaning for people who don’t appreciate it, help clean up or offer to take the burden next year. Great, thanks for coming over, eating, packing up half the left overs, and now please go sit on the couch while I carry your dishes to the dishwasher. I got it, don’t you worry. I’ve only been cooking and cleaning for days. No I am done with those days. I am making a change, I am doing what makes me happy and not apologizing for it.
Now I’m going to see what else I can shake up in my life, maybe nothing as major as a move but it never hurts to come back into the light and open your eyes to the possibilities and the writing on the wall.