A few weeks ago I decided to move from my hometown of Perth to Melbourne. There is now less than four weeks till I board a plane with my one way ticket and there’s never been a better time for me to go. I wanted a new challenge. I needed a change.
Relocating also means that I’m going to have to pack up my life into a suitcase – a very exciting prospect indeed. I love the idea of decluttering my life. It’s so easy to hold on to things just because they are there, without really thinking about what benefit, if any, they bring.
Over the years I’ve held on to a lot of stuff. Stuff that has been taking up space and serving no purpose. The other day I found a bunch of old high school text books stored under my bed. Why did I still have these? In case I got struck with the sudden desire to read up on the Foundations of Mathematics? Highly unlikely. They no longer served any purpose in my life. They had to go.
The same goes for clothes (so many clothes), random gifts you keep for so long that you don’t even remember who they were from anymore and, on a deeper level, insecurities, fears and even people.
Lately, my social feeds have been awash with quotes about outgrowing relationships and not having time for people who no longer benefit your life. They are right. We all change in different ways and there comes a point where you realise that certain relationships are causing you more stress than joy. I believe this can be said for both your relationships with other people and the one you have with yourself. We are each our own biggest critic and prioritising your own happiness is easier said than done.
Decluttering your wardrobe is easy. Decluttering your life is something entirely different.
But moving – moving gives you the chance to start fresh. It gives you the chance to choose what you take with you and what you leave behind. I’m going to take my strengths and try really hard to leave my doubts. I’m going to take the people who support and encourage me, who bring good vibes to my life. I will keep hold of these people even from thousands of miles away. And everything else? Well, I figure if it isn’t important enough to bring with me, I’m probably better off without it anyway.