Don’t Wait for Retirement

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I read today on a Facebook quilting page about a lady that was dreaming of quilting during her retirement years. She had an accident and is now unsure of her future plans. This really resonated with me because I used to be the type of person who was always planning for the future, dreaming about a trip, hoping to spend hours quilting during retirement.

I can remember entire trips when my son was small that I was unhappy because something went wrong at the beginning of the trip, and everything was off schedule. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was on the trip with my family and that I would never get those moments back.

A few things woke me up to the fact that my life is now. I should be doing things that I enjoy now instead of waiting for some future day that may or may not come. My mama didn’t see her sixty-sixth birthday. She drew very little retirement income after waiting all those years. The saddest part is that she was very sick for her last several years and wasn’t able to travel and enjoy the savings that she and my dad had worked for all those years.

I decided that I was going to carve out time to quilt. I quilted a lot the first year after I made this decision, but then I realized that I couldn’t enjoy my quilting to the fullest because “stuff” was getting in the way…papers that I needed to deal with, extra clothes, shoes, purses, linens, etc., etc., etc. One day a blog post by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist caught my eye, and my life has been changing ever since. I read his book, The More of Less, took his Uncluttered course, and have since read blogs by many other aspiring minimalists.

The point of this post is this: don’t wait until tomorrow to start enjoying your life. Minimalism has helped me to clear away layers of “stuff” and find the true me. I am not so consumed with collecting anymore, although I do have a pretty impressive fabric, ruler, and stencil collection. I know that I have enough. Part of this realization came from giving away the projects that I had bought and had no desire to finish. That gave me more space and allowed me to feel as if I will eventually finish everything I have started. You cannot do everything and have everything, so why not do the things that matter to you and have only the things that you need to accomplish that.

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