In the past 2 weeks, I’ve run into 2 old acquaintances. Over 20 years ago, both of these women were integral parts of my life. But over time, we lost touch and we don’t even exchange Christmas cards any more. We’re not even Facebook friends. It raises the question for me, why did the Universe put these 2 women into my path at this point in time?
I’m not sure that this reconnect will result in anything, but it did bring back memories of when I worried about finding a decent date for Friday night (with T) or I was learning the skills of volleyball coaching (with B). Memories of when I was new to this town. Memories of when I first met my husband. Memories of the woman I was 20-30 years ago.
During our downsizing move, we’ve also uncovered many boxes that haven’t been opened in 16 years. Many boxes are full of fond memories, but quite a few are full of “I have no idea why I saved this” things – an old file on a traffic accident I don’t recall even having, a pair of roller blades I don’t recall buying much less using, and a box full of road maps from the 1990’s. There is also my first grade school class portrait, my high school diploma, and my last collage transcript. I found a series of reports from grade school and high school – at least it shows even then I loved to write but why would I keep them? Then there’s my husband’s sister’s favorite hat (she passed away 40 years ago, too young), a box full of his favorite children’s books (we have no kids), and boxes of shells from his trips to Florida as a kid. I wonder: Is there is a connection again to past memories that the Universe is trying to tell me/us?
I’ve been thinking that this downsizing, de-cluttering move is a real beginning to our retirement lifestyle. Perhaps these trips down memory lane were needed to put the past behind and focus on the future?
I have more de-cluttering to do, so I expect there to be even more memories. There are file boxes of papers – work related and family related. There are more photos than I can count – in albums, in boxes, still in the envelopes from the printer – remember them! There are also boxes of old craft projects I uncovered. Yes, we moved all of this but I’m committed to going though it all and complete the de-cluttering. Many folks have said that this purging of the old will result in a feeling of freedom when it’s done. I’m hoping so.
Old Acquaintances. Old Memories. New Beginnings?
On a side note for those who follow me: hubby has responded to my previous de-cluttering post with a really strong attempt at getting rid of things! We took over 150+ T-shirts to Goodwill, recycled 3 old computers, and donated old exercise equipment. I did pull 40 T-shirts to get quilts made for his memories – old sports related and one travel related. And I hope I am adequately expressing to him my gratitude at his attempts to de-clutter!
Picture Credit: Tim Doyle, Africa Safari, 2017