I’ve spent pieces of the week cleaning, packing and purging my material possessions in anticipation of my move on March 1. While I’m sad that this is happening, I’m looking forward to having a space of my own and moving forward in this journey of healing.
I started to unpack a box that has remained essentially untouched for a couple of years. It was filled with random books, cards, photos and other items of sentimental value. While I don’t believe that our materials possessions make us in any way, I do love having these items to be able to reflect on my past. My baby book, complete with letter that my mom wrote to me in 1996 saying how proud she was of me and how blessed she felt to be a mother. I feel so blessed to have that little piece of her thoughts on paper. I’ve always had an affinity for cats and when I was six years old I wrote about the adventures of my cat, Brew. I liked cats, bright colours and pink, even back then. I found a deck of tarot cards my mum gave me when I was about 13.I was surprised to find all 78 cards still in (or around) the box. I feel like tarot is something I may need to start exploring again. I found of whole lot of show memorabilia like cards, programs, a scrapbook, pictures, (from The Rink) and my slipper from when I played Cinderella in Into the Woods. When I move, I think I’m going to put a bunch of my show pictures into frames and hang them alongside some of my favourite posters and props.
I also found a bunch of items from my Weight Watchers journey including my original weigh in book, maintenance coupons and 25 lb ribbon. In a time when I’m feeling nostalgic and looking back at the last few years, finding these treasures from my history brings back a lot of great memories. I also find it interesting that I can connect many of the items to this time of year as well as link them to many people who are still in my life or whom I wish to reconnect with.These pieces give me comfort and a sense of familiarity as I watch everything change around me.