As you might know, we’ve been making some big changes and are on an adventure with our life. We’ve moved across town to the West side of Paso Robles. We’ve made a conscious decision to downsize, which basically means getting rid of a bunch of stuff in an effort to simplify and free ourselves of a lot of the things that can tie you down.
So, to say that this has been a challenge would be a huge understatement. The house we moved into is old. It’s cute, quaint, has lots of cool little historical trimmings, but it’s OLD. (Now, we definitely aren’t prejudiced about things that are old.) The house we moved from was about 6 years old, this house is more like 60 (or more) years old. What this means is that we’re learning about what we value in our day to day life. Sure, we can walk downtown and wander around the park or grab a glass of wine and then be back home in an 8 minute walk, but this is all coming with some pretty interesting trade-offs. Mind you, we’ve made these choices consciously, well aware of what we were doing.
Do you like your dishwasher? Yeah, us too…but it’s gone. Do you take your central heat for granted? Yeah, we did too, now that we’ve got a floor vent that spits out dusty warmth. How do you feel about your plumbing? Well, we’re coming to love this Paso Robles hard water and low pressure. Find it easy to do a load of laundry? We’ve had challenge after challenge getting our washer and dryer to play nice with the gas line, ventilation, and water drainage.
Now, don’t misunderstand, this is all good change…but change can push you outside of your old box, forcing you to build a new box. All this is definitely pushing us to revisit some of our priorities, and we’re learning new limits of patience. We’ve questioned whether we’ve just been spoiled, or if it’s a matter of modern conveniences that we can’t live without. While staying positive, feeling like Mr. and Mrs. MacGyver, and constantly shifting our priorities, we’re learning; learning about ourselves, and our environment will inevitably make us stronger and more resilient people. Right? The other thing we’ve confirmed is that having WINE makes it almost all better!!!
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