...Hit the reset button!
It's time for transformation - a shift in mindset, and a makeover of the total self! Maybe not a total makeover, just a partial reinvention or de-cluttering. Spring is on the horizon, and it's time for new beginnings!
Time to toss out anything and everything that is no longer needed or that I can't reinvent into a viable purpose. And believe me, I reinvent whenever possible.
I recently read an article on what things I have that my children will NOT want when they are 'fighting' over my worldly possessions. Mostly it's all the collections that I have accumulated over the years.
On his last visit home, I mentioned to my older son that I would be giving him all the soapstone carvings I have and he point blank told me 'no thanks mom'. For some reason I though that he would have an interest in these works of art. I was wrong! He has no interest or desire. That got me thinking about the rest of the treasures I've gathered up over the years.
I know they won't use or appreciate the tea cups and saucers that I've hung onto only because it was my grandmothers. I didn't even use or appreciate them, instead I've kept them carefully wrapped and moved them with me to each new home. Here's to new life and a re-purpose for them as a donation to a daycare to use as a craft idea for young one's to give for mother's day...
I've been collecting stuffed toys for most of my life. Although I have some unique stuffies of all sorts, my focus has been on teddy bears. Bears play an important role in my life. They symbolize courage. When my daughters were younger, we would visit elders in a local hospital and bring teddy bears for them. As well, I donated over 50 teddy bears to the Children's Hospital here in Winnipeg. Now my new plan is to move some of these bears to new homes. I will sell them online and donate the money raised to the Children's Hospital.
Photo's that are most precious to me don't carry the same value to my children. They don't have memories attached to the people in them so their eyes glaze over when I pull them out to look at them. I'll scan these photos, and create a disc with these precious to me memories. Space cleared!
My books have been downsized already, a lot. That's one of my most heartbreaking changes, but I haven't missed one yet! There's been a shift in how people read and learn, most of it's on-line, so physical books are almost extinct. I personally LOVE holding a book and the whole process involved with reading something cradled in my hands is one of my favourite things to do. I'll be scouring the shelves and donating some of the remaining books that I have no use for to the fire station so they can sell them at a local book fare.
Next on the transformation is what to put on the clean slate I've been given with my work life. It's been almost 15 years since I went through a lay-off and although I want to believe that ageism doesn't exist, I know that being over 50 will work against me in some markets. I'm working on my sense of self and overcome this 'dread' by examining the experiences and knowledge I have gained over my last 40+ years of working for a living. I know what I love to do and I know what I'm good at - there lies my strengths. It's essential that I share these with potential employers. Those employers who recognize that wisdom and experience is valuable will not overlook these intangible assets.
One step at a time along this journey, while I see, experience, suffer and learn, I'm ready for change... I got this ...