I’m planning on relocating nearly 2,000 miles from my current home. Ch-h-h-hanges! So I’m in the midst of cleaning out things that no longer fit who I am right now and I’m working on a design for my new house. Lots and lots of details and things to do. All truly invigorating activities, full of promise and new beginnings. My long-time dream of living in the Southwest is finally taking shape.
And yet the reality of moving from the known to the unknown—yet exciting—future is becoming more and more a part of my consciousness.
I’ve begun to look at my surroundings, events, and people with a new lens. I know that my relationship to these items will be changing. All of them will continue on, yet I won’t be a true participant.
And so I have begun thinking about what I will miss when I am no longer living in Happy Valley.
This will be the first time I will no longer live in a college town, which means I’ll miss the sense of aliveness and new beginnings that descend on my town when the students come roaring back from their summer vacation. I’ll miss the festive atmosphere of the Arts Festival, when the town embraces nearly 200,000 visitors and draws artists and musicians from across the country. I’ll miss rain and the stunning display of autumn leaves. And I’ll miss face-to-face contact with all of my friends.
Why does it take a major event to force us to recognize what we’re grateful for? To recognize the things we truly value?
I’m reminded of the song lyrics: “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” Luckily I’m starting before it’s gone.
Your Call to Action:
If you had to leave your familiar surroundings in a few months, what 5 things would you miss? Why are they important to you? How can you savor these things now? If you expressed your gratitude for them, what would it look like?