On the Voyage of (re)Discovery
After such a great loss and the many years spent as caregiver, I have come to the shore to set sail – to discover new lands of SELF.
I am fortunate to have my hearts delight and souls companion to help me on this search. He is my main source of joy and comfort.
Since Moms death, and in the passing of just a few weeks, it has occurred to me that I am in a state of flux. Now I am sure that is a completely normal thing to feel. This has also allowed me to see the new realities of my life.
I no longer have parents to live up to, I do not have children that require my attention or worry, my brothers, whom I love, are now soon to be in their 60s and do not require a big sister and truth be told, I’m sure they have been weary of my concern anyway. Now I find I have a great desire to release my family from any burdensome obligation -much to their collective relief I am sure.
So that being said – I am free of all obligations outside my relationship with my husband.
That is new information to my heart.
But with that comes an identity crisis of sorts.
If I have no one who expects anything from me or expects me to be or act a certain way, how then will I be.
When I am free to choose how I want to live my life, how I want to look, act, relate, love – well, there are so many options, I become a bit perplexed on what exactly to do or which course to take.
A few things that I am considering:
I would like to not be the keeper of things. I don’t want to be the caretaker of family stuff. Options may be a family auction so that these ‘treasures’ can be kept by other family members. Or if no one wants anything, a real auction to sell these things.
I would like to own less – I sometimes feel as though I am drowning in things.
I would like to be more selfish. I want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.
I want to find my whimsy again, to dance in the moonlight, to talk to the trees, to see the magic in front of my face.
I want to go. Just go. I want to discover new wonders, see and experience new places and people.
I want to feel free and unencumbered.
But, like any old habit, it will take time to shed my SELF of old ways. It will take time to try on new things, choose or discard relationships, attitudes, feelings. When one has been in the habit of certain obligations of manners, it takes time to release that old crusty shell and attach a new and shinier skin.
So, I trim the sails and feel a new breeze on my face.
Wish me luck and a bon voyage – I am away.
Here’s to trimming your sails and finding your whimsy! ❤ Much love, my friend!
Happy for you that you’ve reached this exciting threshold in your life. I wish you many adventures and much peace. And keep expressing yourself through your poetry! All the best.
a wonderful essay – I am so very happy for you and in many ways envious. I wish you the best as you shed your skin and become the new you.
Yes, you are embarking on a journey. It is a huge adjustment to go from caregiver to autonomy………it takes time…slowly, you may discover you are enjoying the slower pace………you are also grieving a great loss, which takes time and energy…………it is okay to Just Be, each day and let time unfold the path under your feet. What you anticipate, above, sounds very affirming. I look forward to reading of your discoveries as you embark down this new route………..I know your mom would be one of the smiling ones, waving you off and wishing you wonderful adventures.
Puff! I hope you can solve your mood.
Pasamos por la vida cumpliendo etapas… espero que cumplas tus deseos
y puedas sentirte feliz.
All the best!
Good for you and happy sail!
I think this at times when I realize my son is grown and independent and I am retired and really without anyone telling me what to do. The only one I have to listen to is myself ( and my husband who is as independent as I). Will be interesting to read your future adventures!