Monday, January 17, 2011

Lessons learned from packing...

As I said in my previous post I am moving again...it feels like all I do is move...but this move is gonna be so fun. DOWNTOWN here we come!!! At any rate, with moving comes packing and so it begins. The only way to have fun with packing is to drink wine and really embrace the random things you have saved over the years. So many times when packing I find things and find myself reminiscing on all sorts of great memories. The picture below is me getting ready to pack with my "Big SL" wine glass Kelly got me for Christmas...SL=super love...it's from Cougar Town(one of the best shows ever!!)
So, like I said I always seem to find some great things while packing...but this time I was struck at several things in particular. This first picture is of a little notebook I kept while in high school...as you can see the date. I had forgotten all about this, but I guess I had written all sorts of song lyrics and quotes that at the all knowing age of 16, must have spoken to me. What I find sort of alarming is that while I read the quotes and things I had written at the age of 16 it was almost like my younger self was trying to give advice to my 30 year old self. To share a few of the ones that really left me feeling like i should take my own advice were:
"you never lose by loving, you always lose by holding back"
"in the darkest hour the soul is replenished and given strength to continue and endure"
"the journey in between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place"
"you were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?"
"true poets don't write their thoughts with a pen...they release the ink that flows from within their heart"
"watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it"
Its crazy when you read things that touched you so many years ago and you learn from them all over again! Another thing I found while packing was this little treasure trove below:
It is a box of hand written notes from friends from 8th grade and freshman year of high school. To read these is both hilarious and eye opening. The things you thought were sooo important and life altering at the age of 14 or 15 really turn out to be just distant memories. Sure, some of those experiences made me who I am today, but for the most part alot of those little drama filled episodes of my life didn't end up being that serious. Another life lesson my 15 year old self taught me...everything is relative. Another thing I want to say about this wonderful box of notes is how exciting it is to have these. To look at the words and hand writing and smiley faces my friends had written to me is priceless. I wonder what teenagers do today...do they still hand write notes or are they texting and emailing. I hope for there sake they at least print off some of those emails or texts and keep them for later. Its amazing what you can learn from your teenage self!!!

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