Living in Japan has taught me that culture defines how we communicate our feelings. A Japanese man was telling me how he likes to visit his family's grave by himself. It allows him to clear his mind and relieve stress. He said he felt "purified." I immediately thought he should say he felt "peaceful." But after listening to his reasons for his feelings, I concluded purification was the best word. It is a process of letting go, cleansing the soul, and moving forward.
So this move is my purification.
I spend everyday going through my stuff and deciding what I want to keep. Every tactile object has a purpose, but I can't keep everything. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed at this task right now. At the same time, I am feeling relieved at having less. My closet and art studio are better organized. And I can't help but ask, "Why was I keeping all that stuff in the first place?"
In previous moves, we've kept almost everything which meant it was all shipped and then stored in the States. I have an entire closet and shed of Stuff that I have stored at my Mom's house for the last 20 years. That is just crazy. Thanks Mom and Sis for being so patient with me.
I want to simplify for this move, so I am condensing my last seven years into two suitcases and maybe one box. I will keep only what I absolutely physically or emotionally need. None of what is shipped will be stored.
I needed some stress relief today. Youtube came to the rescue. Since I love cats, "I am Maru" always cheers me up. And a good dose of Grey's Anatomy music videos always sets me straight.