***Jill’s ‘letting go’ Diary***
This is part of a series of posts (ordered by Dated Titles) where I am recording my thoughts and emotions as we tackle getting rid of all of our possessions. From the day that I came up with this idea, to sell everything and travel the world, I have recorded my thoughts on certain days where I felt like writing. These are real time, and not edited (except for grammatical corrections.)
Well, the good ol’ fear has set in, and hard. We are still set on selling everything in the house, but maybe not the house. Is it silly to let go of our one major asset that may increase in value? That may get destroyed on an earthquake while we are away? We do live on the West Coast of Canada, isn’t “The Big One” supposed to arrive someday. Do we really want to have to come back here to sell it in the future? Will we ever live here again?
Both of us keep teetering on the brink of wanting to go full throttle with this, but we also have hesitations. Then there is the stuff that really is super important. Do we keep a small container of stuff and ship it from place to place as we re-settle in different places? Do we just put a few things in storage somewhere for future keeping? That’s a waste of money unless we can find a free garage or something. But then that is a burden for someone else. What if they want to sell their house and move and we are way across the world?
In 4 short days, our thought patterns have been roller coaster rides. It’s all we can think of. In the middle of anything we are doing, either one of us will blurt out something like “We can rent an apartment for really cheap in Guatemala.” Or “I guess we are going to sell……(fill in the blank with something that seemed important to us months ago, but is now our path to freedom)”. We both know exactly what each other is talking about, and it shows that we are both thinking about this day and night.
Initially we discussed only starting to tell people about this in June, thinking that at that point, we would have thought about this thouroughly enough that we would know all the answers and be prepared for peoples backlash. But really, who cares!!?? And why are we so afraid of others’ opinions? This is our decision, and those that can’t be happy and supportive, then I guess they aren’t the kinds of friends we want to have around. This is for US! This is NOT for anyone else. Yes we may be being selfish, yes it is totally self indulging, and yes we don’t want to answer to anyone about our decisions! We have no kids (however we do have 2 cats, so that has to be dealt with at some point, and we aren’t sure what the answer to that one is at this point), and we have no legitimate ties to anywhere really. Either way, 4 days into this decision, we are thinking that maybe we should start telling people now.
It feels, all of a sudden, like time is on fast forward. Like there is something seriously awesome at the end of this hard working, burnout circuit that we are on. Like no task is to large if it means that we have this to look forward to at the end. Like we can tackle ANYTHING! The power I feel already is immense. All I can hear in my mind, over and over like a stuck record is “It is time.” This encompasses so much, I can’t even put it all together right now. For once in my life, I am so excited about every day, that it’s like time doesn’t exist.
In fact, our plan to sell the house may have just accelerated to this September, as of this afternoon. It seems that the more time that rolls on, the more eager we are to blow this pop stand!