When my mother passed away, I had to empty her house of years of “stuff”. There were years of boxes, clutter, clothing, and personal things. It made me realize how little we really need to survive. The spirit needs nothing of the things we leave behind. It felt like a heavy emotional weight I had to lift. By getting rid of her things, I felt like I was actually letting her go, and letting her spirit be free.
Despite this, I accumulated more than I had room for in my new house. I too was guilty of overbuying things I didn’t really need. I spent countless hours organizing and keeping hold of things, I was unsure I would ever really use again. In order to really be successful at my life bucket list, I need to let go of the things weighing me down. I need to let go of “stuff” that doesn’t really buy me happiness or bring me closer to achieving my dreams.
I’d rather fill my life with memories and great moments, than hold on to material things that don’t bring me joy. In fact, some cause more problems than happiness. The things that I remember most from the years my mother lived, are not the material things she left me, but the moments we shared, and the dreams we promised to take on together. Before she passed, she went to Greece, and I was so happy to know she had one last great memory of this life. The stuff I threw and gave away, couldn’t buy the happiness she experienced on that trip.
I want to live a life defined by moments, rather than things. So my third bucket list, is to try to live with less. So I can make room for more things to fill my life with.