Yesterday my sister and I met up with some childhood friends a lady who was a lifelong friend of my sister and her brother who was my best friend when I was young.
We had attended their mothers funeral a couple of weeks ago just as they had attended our mothers funeral in January. We had decided that it would be good to meet up for a coffee to reminisce about when we were young!
I was talking to my male friend who is a year younger than me about how we used play together all day and then sit and watch the sun go down every night talking nonstop, putting the world to rights.
He remembered it well and we both agreed that we had no idea how life would pan out for us. He has very poor health due to a spinal condition which has affected the nerves in his legs. He can’t walk very far but yet he’s accepting of his condition. 50 years on I realised why we had been such good friends, he is so positive and appreciates his life just as it is without question.
We were talking about the material things in life and I openly admitted that there was nothing that I have that I would be devastated to lose materially and he agreed. It is refreshing to talk to someone other than my husband who feels that way too. So much focus is placed on what people have or don’t have.
We all said our goodbyes and said we would meet up again. I came home and later decided to sort out some cupboards. Out went my acrylic paints , brushes and completed canvas paintings. They were a part of my past which I don’t need anymore, It felt so good to remove them and I feel cleansed. This may sound strange to some people but the less I have materially the lighter I feel.
I’m approaching another phase in my life, life should never stay still, life is fluid, life is precious and exciting and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
We are not defined by what we own or don’t own. We each have our own gifts inside us waiting to be discovered and I can’t wait to discover my next gift.