Tomorrow is April 1st, which makes today the last day of the first quarter of 2015. That's right, the three, probably hardest, months of the year are already behind us. I think they are the more difficult months because winter is still in full-swing, spring eventually works on making a comeback, and everything criss-crosses and gets a bit messy. We makes plans at the beginning of the year, but they are usually for later...when the weather is better, the sun is shining, and our hopes are up. Until that time, we just hunker down and carry on until we can come out of our hibernation mode. It's now starting to feel like hibernation is over. I hope so because I already planted pumpkin seeds in the greenhouse!
I've set some plans for this year, which I will eventually share. The first has been putting the house Angel and I have owned for the last 4 years on the market. The cute little house on 8th Street, that has undergone some amazing changes since we've stepped foot in it, is now looking for new owners. Which means a move will be underway in the (hopefully) near future. The last five years have been spent in the Boundary Region of British Columbia - a distinct area between the Okanagan and Kootenays. Year one was in Christina Lake and the rest have been in Grand Forks. All I can say is that it's time to move on.
Which now brings me to my history of moving. I don't think one plans to be a serial mover. It kind of just happens. I might be leaving out a place or two from when I was a baby, but from my own memories I've had 13 addresses in 8 towns/cities over the last 40+ years. This is the first time I've added it all up, and I am a little surprised. A couple towns have been lived in twice, like this move back to the Boundary Region where I grew up. Some moves were for school, some were for work, and a couple were due to life changes. They are what they are. Some people don't move much, while others will have me beat by a long shot. I'm heading towards address 14.
I like to move. Well, the physical part is a bit stressful, but the change in scenery and life is always exciting. It's a great way to cleanse your personal inventory from time to time as well. The question, "Do I really need to keep _____?" comes up a lot. Being deliberate and thoughtful can make packing a lot easier. I've cut my library down quite a bit throughout the years (paper is heavy!), but it might still be the most amount of personal boxes I take with me. I love the fresh start, the deeper knowledge of a new place, and just the unknown opportunities that come with a change in location. So this is a part in the year I'm certainly looking forward to once the house sells. I'm ready to grow a few new roots.
We use the term "roots" to describe our connections to people and places. I used to think my roots were a little shallow due to so many moves and changes in my life. But when I came across some beautifully exposed roots on pine trees by the Kettle River the other day, I started to think differently. Plants grow roots for stabilization and nutrient absorption. And their root systems can be very complicated, sometimes due to the changing environment - kind of what these trees have experienced, I would imagine. So, it's not too unlike us: connecting to what's important, but also reaching out to what nourishes our soul. Our roots can be complicated as well and are not any stronger if we stay in one place or walk on a pretty straight and narrow path. Changes just allow us to grow more connections (roots) and in some ways create more stability. My own roots are many and long-reaching. Some have been cut off on purpose, or not. Others are deep and well-grounded. I feel pretty stable, to tell the truth, even with all my moves and changes..
And this is where I am as we move into the second quarter of 2015. How was your first quarter? For better or worse, it's over and time to file it away and get to work on the next. I'll be working, making some changes, and waiting for those pumpkin seeds to sprout. By the way, if you know anyone who wants to buy a house with some great roots already established...you know where to send them!