Monday, November 21, 2016

I Wish I Learned

I wish I learned at an early age that possessions don't matter as much as I thought they did.

I wish I learned that gifts from loved ones aren't as important as the people themselves and that getting rid of them doesn't equate to "getting rid of" the person.

I wish I learned that things don't make me happy but for a moment.

I wish I learned that those things I thought I loved and cherished would come to feel like a burden after decades of carting them around.

I wish I learned that having things belonging to a loved one does not bring an iota of comfort after the loved one has passed on.

I wish I learned that spending money on unnecessary things, things that I would tire of or things that wouldn't last, meant that I'd have less money saved for a rainy day or to spend on doing something I enjoy.

I wish I learned early on that having a few nice things is a lot better than having a bunch of not-so-nice things.

I wish I learned what was truly important to me versus what I thought mattered so that I wouldn't have wasted so much time chasing after something that was meaningless.

And while I have more than half my life ahead of me, and have plenty of time to make the changes that matter, I still have a lot to learn about myself and my values and have a long way to go before I figure out how to fully let go of those things I've been holding onto for so long.

And I can just hope that in 10, 15, 20, 30 years I don't look back at now and say, "I wish I learned..."

To be continued...

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