Photo: Shutting the door on my 5 years at 74th and Columbus…
There’s something surreal about seeing your bed wheeled down the streets of NYC on a dolly. Really – a sobering situation.
There I was, walking down the street with friends after dinner seeing my life possessions being carted down the street – God…this isn’t happening…is it?
My friends have been amazing – and have benefited quite a lot from my liquidation of my life. Many of them have taken/borrowed furniture, art, and electronics. This is all great as is means that it’s less stuff to put into storage…however in another weird way it is terribly painful. I realized just how painful it was when I saw my mattress being wheeled down the street past the Museum of Natural History…which may be quite fitting for my mattress!
Photo: Me working my ‘home office’…what’s left of it.
Slowly – every day more is taken away…I’m left with a beach chair – my only piece of furniture to sit on, paper plates, and plastic silverware as I’ve sold all the rest.
Sure, it’s great to have the money from selling things…but it goes so fast. It’s strange thinking that your bed is the same value as a dinner and a nice bottle of wine in NYC.
I’d like to sit here and say that I liquidated my life with ease and confidence, that I was the model of composure; but I can’t lie. There have been a few tears shed about the loss of my possessions. As it gets closer to nothingness, more tears seem to come, but that is more about me wanting this whole process to be over – I’m just tired of it. I’m tired of living like this slowly watching things disappear and crumble around me. The rub is that as bad as it feels – it feel equally good and freeing. Sometimes I think that tears are necessary though…it’s a mourning process that we have to let our bodies go through….and mine has been working overtime.
Photo: My dear friends doing some ‘Sherry Shopping’ – at least I know it goes to a good home!
Seeing my bed on the street…well, that was a whole new level. I was already a bit apprehensive about selling my bed, seeing it on the street made it even harder. Your bed is precious. Just think for a moment…think about your bed….and then think about never sleeping in it again. But not because you are replacing it with a new fluffier bed, instead it is because you are choosing to give up normalcy. From this point forward for the next few years you will be sleeping in multiple beds – some good, some bad. But never the same bed for long; and it’s never YOUR bed. That is the challenge of traveling.
It’s weird to be going through this again – leaving again. I have this ‘here we go again’ feeling as I pack up my suitcase full of rolled clothes – my dresser on wheels. It’s easier since I know what to expect, but harder also because this time it’s for real….there’s nothing but friends and a small storage space in Manhattan to come back to.
By Nomadic Matt June 4, 2008 - 10:13 am
But its so liberating being free of material possessions. Less stuff, more space!
By Troy June 5, 2008 - 11:04 am
I think the time has come that you will be able to handle what I am about to tell you…
Your sister and I are putting you in an assisted living facility. We have been hesitant to tell you this earlier as we felt that it would be easier for you to believe it was your idea to sell your possessions. We will need all proceeds to pay for the first three weeks at Milk of Magnolias Pines. No need to be alarmed you will enjoy all 3 major networks at the community counsel Color television, 2 meals a day and a pleasant climate controlled 89 degree semi private room.
Moral of story. Your Life Is Good. Enjoy!!!
By Sherry June 5, 2008 - 12:24 pm
Troy – I think you are just trying to get rid of me again as you and Cyndi did when I was 7 and you convinced me to run away. I won’t drink the koolaide this time!!
By susan June 5, 2008 - 1:40 pm
We were in touch briefly, when you departed on your RTW journey and I’ve been following your blog off and on since your departure.
congrats on your decision to inject more meaning into your life. I too, have recently sold off many of my possessions so I can travel to chile this summer.
I think you mentioned being from Peoria (or nearby?). Like you, I’m currently back with my family while I an in transit (just left Ireland last week). If you find yourself near Bloomington, IL or nearby, and your keen to having lunch or a coffee with a total stranger (another cool woman, late 30’s who suffers from incurable wanderlust) let me know. I’d love to talk to you about your travels and photography.
By sara June 6, 2008 - 1:21 pm
The world is your home now! I like how you showed us pics of your stuff slowly disappearing. I’ve read a lot of “oh, I sold all my stuff” but I’ve never seen photos!
Scary, yes, but so cool! No law saying it’s permanent. I can’t wait to read about Vietnam – I think that’s where you said you were going. I went there a few years ago and loved it. Although the cyclos and crossing the streets scared me!