To put my 'wealth' in perspective: I know I am not rich by western standards, by any means -- I don't own a home (never have). I drive a used car that is 12 years old. Most of my furniture I've had since college or was handed down to me by others. I don't own anything 'designer' or expensive (except a pair of Ugg boots I splurged on 3 years ago!) I make well under $40,000 a year....Well, you get the picture. But I kept feeling like something wasn't right. I had acquired far more than I truly need. I had sold quite a bit of stuff before I left for Russia, but in coming back, I realize there is so much more I can do without. I don't want to go so far as to have Nastia feel uncomfortable --after a life of poverty, she is not ready to let go of her things--but I do want to go far enough that I rid myself of everything that is not essential.
In the ensuing months, I plan to slowly and carefully winnow out those things I do not need and post photos of them on facebook, in hopes of selling them. For now, I will use whatever money I make for Daniel's adoption. I may eventually post a few special items here on my blog, but not many. (I don't want to be mailing things all over creation!) It'll be easier to sell locally.
Already I feel lighter and volumes and volumes happier than I have the past month. Just reaching the decision to emancipate myself from things has made an impressive impact on my sense of self. Every item I can expel from my life will free me to do more and be more. I've thought long and hard about how much time I waste in simply maintaining 'things'. It's not worth it. Life is too short.
So, here's to a year of purging, dislodging, disencumbering and untwining! Let me know if you have ever done the same - I could use some encouragement!