I moved again recently. When I filled out my application for my apartment I had to write down each and every address I’ve lived at for the last 10 years. Do you know how difficult that was since I have literally moved seven times since 2012??
It has been a long winding road indeed since I sold my last home. (Apartment life ain’t that fun y’all). Just when I think I am making progress and getting my life back in order, I get sidetracked. Sometimes I’ve been totally derailed. One step forward, two steps back seems to be the story of my life.
But I am back on my own again finally and in a good place. I needed to buy a few things though. I needed a place to sit, so I bought a couch. And I needed to wash my clothes, so I ordered a washer and dryer. They took three weeks to get here and my clothes were piling up a mile high. I was determined I wasn’t going to go back to the laundromat again and spend an arm and a leg on their overpriced machines.
But my new appliances finally arrived this week and I was able to tackle the mountain. Some of you might be reading this and thinking what is the big deal? You did some laundry. So what? But for me it is a very big deal. I never appreciated much of anything before. And when I say before…I mean when I had everything I needed…which was basically all of my life until I turned 41. I have not owned my own washer and dryer since 2012. That is six years of going to the laundromat or doing my laundry in a friends washer and dryer.
It is finally a little warmer outside today, so I decided to move one of my plants out onto the front porch. I opened the door and set the plant out there and my neighbor scared the poo out of me. She was standing on her porch smoking and I didn’t expect her to be there. We started talking about plants and such and then she asked me if I was getting settled into my new place yet. I told her I was and how excited I was to be able to do my laundry in my very own washer and dryer again. She told me she totally understood what I meant and then she said, “you just don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone, do you?”
I don’t think there has ever been a truer statement. I have lost a lot. And I have a newfound appreciation now for pretty much EVERYTHING. And I am not just talking about material things that don’t even really matter. Hopefully you know what I mean.
Life is a learning lesson and I am grateful for it all and for finally getting my priorities in order for the most part. I don’t take a lot for granted anymore. Thankful God always seems to steer me back in the right direction when I take a wrong turn.
Stacey ~ iamalive
Just for the heck of it I am attaching a song that doesn’t have a lot to do with washers and dryers but I like it. 🙂 Plus, Cinderella and Bon Jovi was my first concert…so maybe I truly have come full circle. 🙂