“Today you are you
That is truer than true
There is no one you-er
“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been”
“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words”
Yesterday on my birthday. I took the time to nurture myself with wine, food and a relaxing bubble bath. And Mother Nature put on a warm display for me in the middle of an Australian winter
In the evening I shared a glass of lovely wine with my darling French friends who sang me “Happy Birthday” in English-on Skype. During the day I had reflected on my life and where I was physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and past birthdays which proved to be turning points. Some were joyful, others sad but each one a marker of the cycle of my life.
Four years ago I took a risk and today I was reminded of that thrilling and fearful time. It was just before my birthday when I left the home I had created and lived in for four years. After the death of Hamish my cat, I sold everything and what I couldn’t sell, I gave away. It all happened very swiftly because the time was right to start afresh.
I moved to Melbourne on my birthday, unsure of so many things but because I was willing to let go of the past and allow a vacuum, the path soon became clear .
“You love animals Kate, why not try it?”
A friend from the Blue Mountains where I had lived for fourteen years, suggested I try house sitting. It’s a way of life that involves caring for home owners animals while they holiday. You get to live in a place and experience what the area is really like
“What have I got to Lose? “ I thought tapping into a latent adventurous Spirit.
As I became more and more proficient in this lifestyle, I started to let go of a lot of mental, emotional and of course physical possessions, releasing them with more and more grace and ease as I came to develop and appreciate a robust sense of self reliance. Those things of the past which I still valued, certain skills, habits and attitudes, helped me in my exciting new life. I expanded my vision and started to house sit in places I hadn’t previously visited both in Australia and overseas. The lighter my “luggage” the greater my capacity to go with the flow and enjoy life. It’s been a wonderful learning experience and even when bumps along the road have arisen, They have been opportunities for growth and understanding
Next year on my birthday, I will have returned to France and be toasting my 2017 solar return with my lovely French friends this time in body as well as Spirit.