I arrived on the afternoon of May 22, so some two weeks ago and as you all know, I had a mission. Well, that mission is being accomplished and the things are sold and trashed and given away. This past week, I sold almost 25 boxes of books and DVD’s and while I really got very little for them, it was nice to get rid of that heavy burden and years and years of moving stuff from place to place and not having a chance to truly enjoy it. When I did have a place over the years, yes, it looked nice to have bookshelves full of books and many I had read, and many I had the intention of reading, but most of the time, they simply collected dust and, in the end, getting rid of them was a burden off my shoulders, literally and figuratively. Not all of course as I held on to what amounts to a box, so yes, when I have the chance to read one of those, I do and usually this happens on my long flights or train trips, so they are there and, as now, rather than simply holding onto them once read, I will sell them, as well.
This is the same with all the other items that used to be in the storage unit and units, when everything was spread out and last week, I thinned things out even more and there is still work to do and I will be here in the Twin Cities for another 11 days to take care of this and other loose ends like getting the hitch and ball put on the vehicle and securing a parking place for my vehicle for the summer and early fall, as well as reserving the trailer upon my return going back to New England. As I go through everything, and honestly, I know I will run out of time doing this, I have found some interesting things, good and bad, which I either put into a pile to be dealt with later, when I have a real block of time or simply throw away from past relationships. Those are easier to throw versus the items collected from my travels around the world and over the years. As these have some sentimental value, some may be kept, but most I will toss realizing that they are simply dead weight, and the things represent experiences and memories that have made me who I am but are simply things.
When all is said and done, when I return here in October to pack up and go, if it does not fit into the SUV or the 5 x 8 trailer, I will be hauling it won’t go with me as coming back to Minnesota is not planned and I don’t want to store stuff here anymore. Maybe some can be shipped back, but that cost may not be justified and again, I can’t take it with me, simply to store it again and collect dust. As with the other parts of my mission here, I have had the pleasure of reconnecting with friends and some clients which has made this short, but necessary return very pleasant and still trying to fill the few slots in my time here to continue to connect. I no longer live here, but that does not mean that I have erased this place from my life, simply certain aspects of it, as I continue to move forward and eliminate the bad and focus on the good. I am realistic and know past events are part of who I am, but I work very hard not to let them direct my life. Thank you, BOSTON, as I “Don’t Look Back” and everything I am doing is working on my future.
I do have to say that the time has been moving fast and I feel like I won’t get everything done before I go, and have all the I’s dotted and T’s crossed, but somehow, I get it done to point of being comfortable and I also know that if I forget something, I can always buy it when I get to where I am going. I have done this so many times, but there are stressful times when I am down to the last few days, to make sure I have packed what I need, making sure I have not forgotten something, especially with the business end of things and also making sure all the items are done for my clients along the way, some traveling now, some about to travel and those who will be traveling, most on the European continent while I am there.
As I truly am passionate about what I do and don’t want to miss something, I still get butterflies in my stomach and not because I don’t know what I am doing, I do, but because I don’t want to forget something. I am, sometimes, very hard on myself if I make a mistake, and it comes back to bite me and usually it is not something complicated, as I am more focused on that to avoid that kind of situation, but the rookie mistakes, and yes, even after 25 + years in the industry I do. I lose focus sometimes, trying to balance the chaos that is my crazy nomadic life and I so look forward to settling down with Rosa in the near future. Life is always complicated, and it will be even more so when we are together, yet I thrive on that. I also mention this, as I have made a couple of rookie mistakes in the past few months, which could have cost me a lot and yet, while there was some cost, it was more of a re-learning process. My relationship with Rosa and my business are most important to me, and if I don’t have both, the balance I have finally attained will go away and yes, I listed Rosa first as she is my anchor, even if she is 5000 miles (8000 km) away from my current location, but in a month’s time, we will be together again.
As always, stay safe, stay healthy and always look for the best in a situation and be patient as the best things in life are worth waiting for. Thank you as always for your support of my crazy little world and my small business. As always, I look forward to your comments, questions, concerns and continuing the discourse through whichever means you read my posts!!!
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