Packing Up Your Most Prized Possessions
Currently we are in a state of “Pre-Evacuation” here in our small town in Arizona due to a large wildfire which is heading our way. This means we needed to begin to pack up our belonging we would not be able to replace. Christina was tasked to do this while I was assisting the citizens of the community. It took her about 2 hours to pack up everything she thought we could not live without. Christina took the kids and evacuated because the smoke was so thick it was effecting the Twin’s breathing.
Later that night I arrived home to an empty house. I began packing up our small sedan with things Christina might have forgotten to pack. It took me about an hour before I called it quits. I went to be thinking I would be woken up early in the morning and forced to evacuate our home. I had spent some time at the fire command post and knew the fire was headed not just for our town, but for our neighborhood. I was told my house would be one of the first to go if the fire reached town.
I awoke the next morning and found out we had not been evacuated yet. Well I drove my small little car away anyway. Thinking there was a very real possibility I would never see the house or any of my stuff again. I met up with Christina and saw what she had packed. All of the items packed fit easily into the back of the van, with our dogs. Christina looked into the car and saw the trunk half empty and the computer in the back seat with just a few odds and ends strewn throughout the car.
This made me realize something I never was able to grasp before this moment. When it really came down to it, the amount of stuff I really cared about fit onto the trunk of a small car. So why did I have all this other crap? Why do I spend 40-50 hours of my life every week, away from my family, just to pay for things I don’t really care about?