***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 feel like writing. These are real time, and not edited (except for grammatical corrections.)
Well, here we are, week 7 after making this decision. So much has already changed for us. Our money situation has turned around (partly from not spending any, and partly from selling our stuff), we are happier, we are focused, and we truly both feel like we have less on our shoulders. It’s like we had been holding our breathe, and we are finally able to exhale.
A couple things have dawned on me in the last couple weeks.
Number One is that we belong to an incredible community of people!
It’s not that I didn’t know it before, but I think that because I am in a different head space with everything now, I am able to step back and take a look IN to my life, rather than always looking out.
We live in a small town on the West Coast of Canada called Powell River. Population 12 000. The “city” services about 20 000 people in total, the balance coming from the neighbouring small islands and areas north and south of town. It is a ferry dependent area, meaning that there are no roads in or out, but we are still located on the North America mainland. I have been here for about 11 years, and I always say that it’s just the right size; not too small so that EVERYONE knows your business, but small enough that you can go shopping and run into people you know, making you feel like you are indeed part of a community.
It dawned on me the other day that when we are traveling, we will no longer belong to such a tight knit community, instead we will be part of a much larger community. I am excited about the new friendships that we will form with locals from other countries, but also with fellow travelers and expats abroad. Make no mistake, I will surely miss what I have cultivated here, but as somebody pointed out to me the other day “If you ever want to come back, your community will be here for you.”
Quite frankly it brought a tear to my eye, and I again realized in that moment how lucky we are to be part of such a wonderful community of people.
I also realized that the amount of things that I am selling is directly related to the fact that we are well known, and clearly, liked, in our community. If we didn’t know anybody, and had not been involved in the different things we are, we surely wouldn’t be able to move as many possessions as we have been. When friends buy our things, I like to see it as an offering of support. Don’t get me wrong, they are purchasing some good stuff at some very good deals, but I feel as though it is also their way of helping us along, and supporting us in our dream. Of course, this is what any good community will do, support and uplift us when it is needed.
Number Two is that we are INSPIRING people!
This hit me hard one day as I received a message from a friend in town that said that they ‘needed’ to come by and talk to us about what we are up to. They were excited and intrigued by this grand plan. Many people have said that what we are doing is inspiring, but I don’t think I really realized that I was actually INSPIRING them.
We have had a few reports of friends and family members that are now starting to clear some of their clutter, to reduce burdens in their life. Whether it is the realization that they too can make some extra money to help them along, or deciding that they also need to clear some clutter, we have helped to move them in this positive direction by what we are doing here.
I can’t express enough how happy this makes me! I have always heard that as humans, the best way we can change the world is by living true to ourselves, and following our dreams. Leading by example shows others what is possible, and this, in turn, changes the world.
And so, we will continue to do what we are doing, moving ever closer to our goal. Bit by bit we will get there, bit by bit we will inspire others, and bit by bit we will change ourselves, which in turn will change the world.
** Thanks for reading! This is part of a larger group of blog posts about us letting go of all of our possessions to go traveling. If you would like to read from the beginning, click here.**
To learn about where I have previously traveled, click here.