I often find myself purging my personal things a few times a year: right before the New Year, Spring cleaning, when the seasons change, when I’m upset and in need of a change, when my girls decide that they don’t want their toys any more by not picking them up, or whenever the military says it’s time to move. Ok. So maybe it’s more than a few times a year, don’t judge me, but I do not like having more things than I need. I mean I dislike it with a passion. It clutters everything! Things everywhere with no proper place or use. Purging can be tedious. It can be hard to let go of something that may have a special meaning, but it can be a great thing because it leaves you feeling like you have accomplished something by letting it go. It can also give you the feeling of newness or just having a clean slate.
A few days ago while I was in the waiting room at my doctor’s office, I picked up a Good Housekeeping magazine and it was an older magazine September 2018 edition. What happened to catch my eye was the fact that Jamie Lee Curtis (who happens to be one of my favorite actresses) was on the cover and it was a Fall edition. I have to say that I loved the article on Jamie. To me she exudes confidence, but what she says in this article really made me think. She states, “I am a constant editor. I shed people, I shed clothing, I shed possessions, I shed ideas. The biggest thing I’ve shed is my own limitations and perception of who I am….” That just stuck with me.
Every once in awhile I tend to stop and take a minute to think about my life, where I think I should be vs. where I am. Then I start to feel stuck and insecure because I’m not who I expected myself to be. If someone would have told me years ago that I was going to be somebody’s wife with two kids, I would have laughed in their face and called them crazy! When I think about the things which I haven’t accomplished because of….well…life, my confidence level really takes a nose dive. I think about the coulda, shoulda, woulda’s, but then reality smacks me in the face and I realize that I have accomplished so much. I would not be where I am today or have the things I have if it weren’t for my specific journey.
I think everyone has these thoughts, but just like you purged last seasons fashion or that salad spinner which you never used, purge these thoughts as well! You are where you are today because of the journey you’ve traveled. Don’t second guess it, don’t let your confidence dwindle because you aren’t where you think you should be in your life or doing the things which you thought you’d be doing. You are exactly where you’re supposed to be!