“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell

I’m off on an adventure; spending the New Zealand winter in South East Asia. As I’ve been preparing for the trip I’ve been sorting through my possessions to see if I can thin them down as they’ll be going into storage while I’m away.

I’ve caught myself hanging onto things, justifying why I need them, when really they are no longer needed in my new life.

“It might come in handy one day.”

“If I give it away, then I’ll be annoyed if I need it when I get back.”

Yes its true I might get rid something I later need. The likelihood is slim though and the freedom, space and clean feeling I get is well worth the chance that I may need to spend money in the future to replace a particular thing.

“To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one’s mind and psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.” Anais Nin

Moving onto a new phase of life can be a scary thing. Leaving behind the comfort of the past (even if that comfort was actually making you miserable) requires a certain amount of letting go.

I decided to go on this trip a couple of months ago yet I was still receiving daily job alerts for roles in Wellington. I’d decided to delay purchasing a home until after my trip yet I still received alerts for new properties on the market.

I found it tough to let go as it mean that I was delaying a dream (a home not a job!). I also needed to face that my income was going to go through a phase of uncertainty as I travelled.

I was essentially torturing myself looking though the alerts as I had no intention of following through on jobs or homes. Those alerts were distracting and taking my energy away at a time when it was better spent on my new direction.

So I took a deep breath…and let go. I stopped the job alerts. I paused the house hunt. Such simple things yet my heart raced as I unticked all of the boxes. I paused “Did I really need to do this?” I smiled and pressed update. Yes I did.

What are you holding onto that you know would better serve you to let go of?

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