The ultimate secret of success is this: If you tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mind-set.

“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo

Today is moving day #1. I’m temporarily moving back to my parents’ house until I figure out my more permanent living arrangements.

I’ve moved fairly frequently in the past decade. Yet every time I pack, I am reminded of and surprised by how much stuff I have.

I decided not to process everything while packing because my focus has simply been on getting everything packed up on time. I think that stopping to think about everything and then making the time to recycle it would slow things down.

My plan is to go through everything when unpacking after moving day #2.

At the same time, just reflecting on my stuff, I do struggle with choosing what to keep and what to let go. For instance, it has been years since I last played tennis, so maybe it makes sense to get rid of my tennis rackets. But at the same time, I started playing badminton again last week after 1.5 years.

And this is where that future anxiety kicks in.

I can’t say I’m excited about moving back to South Delta and living out of boxes, especially with the impending transit strike. Work will become more difficult as I work remotely. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to make it out to Vancouver for badminton, volleyball, therapy, or classes.

But this too shall pass. The coming while will give me the opportunity to save some rent money, save some commuting time, and get back into running. I will work on focusing on that.

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