Easier said than done, but the process of “letting go”, although very challenging, can also be liberating. Today we had our first garage sale, hoping to get rid of as much stuff as we can before leaving on the 1st. It was heartbreaking to see all the stuff that, we once possessed, was out for grabs to anyone or everyone looking for a good deal. But I was reminded by a dear friend of mine that these are just “things”. That was some consolation.
At the same time, it was a little exciting to think of new beginnings and infinite possibilities when doing up our flat in Mumbai. I have to now start getting used to the British English, saying “flat” instead of “apartment” or “footpath” instead of “sidewalk”. How fancy! When I was cribbing to another friend about how empty our San Francisco apartment was looking, he shared some kind words that ring true. He said, “It’s OK. You created a masterpiece in San Francisco, now you are erasing this piece and soon you will be creating a new masterpiece in Mumbai.”
I wish my day ended with just the garage sale. Now we are headed to a farewell party at Medjool, in the Mission, where we will be formally saying good-bye to our dear friends. Here comes the letting go again…so bitter-sweet, and so much a part of life.