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As I pack my suitcases for Australia and I am thinking about some unpacking I will soon tackle not suitcases but boxes. A lot of boxes…
For 13 years I have pushed a project to the back of my mind, my life that I put in storage when I left for Italy in 2000. An entire storage shed of things that the rent could have bought me a couture gown, a new car or a deposit on a small Parisian apartment. OUCH……That hurts..
But I have also chosen not to think about that either.
Because what that storage shed did buy me was a whole lot of freedom. And I am talking about just-two-suitcase kind of freedom, turn back the clock to when you were sixteen years old kind of freedom!
For 13 years I didn’t have to think about a couch, a plate, a chair, a vase, a rug or a desk.. .Nulla, zippo, zilch.
I didn’t want to own anything, I didn’t want to be tied down to a place, a city or a vase! I not only wanted to be physically free to restart a life and a career but I wanted to be mentally free, nothing to weigh me down. I wanted to be able to get on a plane, train or automobile when I felt like it.
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Well, that storage shed awaits me and I have to tell you after 13 years of living like a student with other peoples furniture I am little bit curious and excited to see what is in that shed. I can remember bits like an old faded film but I am sure there will be some big surprises! And I am sure half of it will go in a garage sale.
But hey I am ready. I have finally come to terms with the fact that I do live in Europe, Paris for 8 years and Italy for 5 years and I wouldn’t mind sitting on my lovely white couch and have my 60’s glass vases full of tulips, sweet peas and peonies.
Carla’s student phase has been AMAZING, beyond rewarding, liberating and sooooooo fulfilling but I am ready for the next step whatever that will be.
So to any of you out there who are packing or unpacking I wish you much happiness on whichever part of the journey you are at.
“Don’t forget to pack your courage for your journey to greatness”. David Weinbaum