Day 191-Let Go of the Old to Bring in the New

Cape Town

Getting up extra early to go shoot paintballs at each other is an unusual way to wake up on a Sunday morning, but so worth it! A few competitive games and a couple bruises later, we find ourselves enjoying lunch with a waterfront view at Gordan’s Bay.

The only “downside” to paintballing was that I lost my charm necklace. We were warned several times to take off our jewelry, but I’ve never mastered the skill of listening to what I’m told. This necklace was full of charms and pendants from around the world and throughout my lifetime. There was a year of the dragon pendant from when I was a baby, a Chinese coin that my Grandma gave each grandchild, a lacrosse stick that my teammates and I received from a tournament, an elephant that my best friends and I each have, and various treasures from my travels around the world. Being on the road, I kept this close to my heart as a reminder of all that is important to me.

Even though it was my most valuable possession, I am a firm believer that we shouldn’t be attached to material goods and everything can be replaced (not literally, but theoretically). At the end of the day, it’s not about the physical necklace but what it represented. Although the charms are gone, the memories and sentiment that they hold will never be lost and always be cherished. Losing that necklace actually also showed me how little attachment I have to things, and that there is nothing I own that owns me and my emotions. It was a bittersweet but liberating moment.

In order for new things to come into our lives, we must let go of the old and make room for the new. Losing this charm necklace is a great representation of that. I’m excited to see what adventures and new charms will end up on my necklace!

All in all, it was still a perfect day!

“You only lose what you cling to” -Buddha


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