Life audits and the grief of decluttering..

“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” —Charles Dudley Warner

Let’s take a moment to breathe here… much of the world has been whipped into a frenzy of clearing, donating, divesting. Charity shops are drowning in the deluge of discarded belongings. This is probably healthy, but should be done mindfully as well. I don’t think I’ve ever really felt joy when I think about the things I own, I think more about who I was when it came into my life…

You have things.  Whether you like it or not, your things define you, capturing moments like photographs.  Letting them go is like a thousand little goodbyes.   The person you were when this was important to you has changed, evolved.   Whilst divesting yourself of those things is exhilarating, it is accompanied, on the other side of the coin, by grief, a farewell to that self. 

Once you have decluttered your plastic cupboard and gotten rid of crockery you will never use, you get down to a more personal (painful?) layer…Then comes the confrontation, the cull of past selves.  A peeling of layers.

The life audit. 

the baggage we didn’t need

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Is it too late to have a gap year in your late 50s? To take back some time from our day to day working life to travel - unplanned, unescorted, unfettered? To take that leap? It was a defining year - liberating, challenging, humbling, scary. It was many things, but it wasn't a holiday.

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