I have been going to thrift stores since I was in my 20’s. Having someone say to me that they just found a really great thrift store is reason for a mini-celebration. I was surprised to read in Jon Katz’s blog this morning that he loved, Liddy’s Closet, a thrift store right here in the tiny town of Cambridge. I have passed by that shop for a year (since it opened) and have never gone in….never gave it a try. Why?
I can find all sorts of reasons but the truth is, that I can get stuck in a groove (or rut!) regarding all kinds of things; food, stores, routines…I have noticed this tendency since I’ve gotten older….have written about it here too. The tendency for life to get smaller if we don’t stay aware. My mother was a nurse, and a long time ago, she said to me, “I hope that I don’t turn into one of those old people who talks about their bowels all of the time.” I remember being sort of disgusted and thinking, “What?! Why would that even be a topic of conversation?!” Now, I sort of know. I don’t talk about it, but I think about it more…yikes!
It seems the smaller life gets, the more significant little aches and pains, bodily functions, (and malfunctions), grow in importance. Something needs to be my focus. If it is not on what I want; expanded life, happiness, peace, giving, leaps of faith, new opportunities…. it will be on what I don’t want; smaller life, decay, suspicion, worry, attempts to keep life “safe”.
Trying something new adds the element of positive anticipation to life. …why not try something new today?…(I know what mine is going to be!…thanks Jon). What about you? …..and as always, please share it with all of us here!