The move is complicated. Can’t load bookcases until the wires and cables are hidden behind them. Can’t unpack that because this is in the way. Where did I see the cat food? Tunuki needs to be fed. He won’t wait. Moving is actually a way to test your sanity, perseverance and patience. None of which I see as strengths I have in abundance. Or at all.
Packed boxes need to be unpacked. This would be perfect if anyone who is moving had the exact number of items to pack tidily in a box. But that never happens. A box is small, so you have four T-shirts that don’t fit in that box. Well, here is a box of desk stuff that is loose and could use a topper. Use those T-shirts. But then you label that box “desk” because it’s mostly that. When you open it, you push it aside, forgetting that the T-shirts are only a cover. (You will never remember what is in every box. Ever.)
Did I pack the extension cords with the lights? No. I had them in a separate box. My husband found them first. They have now vanished, along with the dust mop. They will show up when I no longer need them and am buried in dust bunnies the size of buffaloes.
The studio looks like boxes exploded everywhere. I got up at 6 a.m. to spend 90 minutes reducing the boxes, and I have. But the stuff I needed is still cleverly hidden.
I’m discovering that there are life lessons in these boxes. Not just what I chose to keep, although that is a big part of it. The frustration of mixed-item boxes. There is a nightgown in a box of books I would never read in bed. There is a pair of running shoes in with office supplies. But no bathing suit, which would be nice to have.
The life lessons? You never get an experience all neatly packaged so you can understand it or learn from it in one easy lesson. Nope. Like the T-shirts over the reference books, your life lessons come in a mixed stream. Sometimes you can guess at the meaning, other times you just have to wait till you find the rest of the experience to have the meaning make sense. Sometimes you discover something you know is true, only to experience something else.
Life is a lot like moving from one place to another–there is a great view, if you look over the pile of mess to really see it.
Quinn McDonald helps people put their life experiences in perspective.