Give yourself away. I’ve been thinking about the freedom of having less and doing more. When Cate came back from kayaking in Alaska, she said she had very little — like two changes of lightweight clothes, but that she was given so much — whales breaching, bears lumbering, sea otters playing. If you have a lot, give it away, and you will have more. But it will be given to you in experiences, not things.
Any way, this is my hope for my summer decluttering journey. I want to give it all away. You can’t take your stuff and your bank account to the grave. You can’t take anything. So make memories.
Yesterday, I intentionally dialed down my social media use. And I’ve planned a few days in the next month when I can be off the grid.
New York City is a perfect place to immerse yourself in experiences. My nephew’s visiting from Chicago-land. We started at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and ended up across the Brooklyn Bridge. We passed through Chelsea, the Village, SoHo, Chinatown, the Courts.
We hopped on bikes and rode. We used Citibikes. I have a yearly pass, but I purchased a daily pass for the boys. You get the bikes for increments of 30 minutes in the one-day pass (45 minutes in the yearly pass.) When you stop, you can slam them into the stand and walk away.
Citibike is coming north to the Upper West Side, I hope, this summer.
We ended our 4th of July on the West side, too wiped out to head East and South for the fireworks. But we saw fireworks at the end of the path and across the Hudson in New Jersey. It was quiet.
And getting quiet, turning off the chatter, was pretty nice.
This is what we did yesterday.