I've done this 'move hundreds of miles' thing before. In 2001, I left my old life in Michigan and moved to Florida. In 2002, the man I was with at the time got a job in Salt Lake City, so we packed it all up and moved across country. In 2004, after that guy and I broke up, I found my husband - he just lived 600 miles away in eastern Colorado. So we moved again.
And now it's time for the process one more time.
When I left Michigan, I got rid of most of my stuff. I only had the one trailer with which to move. Pare everything down to basics. We're back to that again - only this time it'll be a small truck worth of stuff. The moves from Tallahassee and from Salt Lake were done with movers and a big truck, so I took everything I could. But even with those, there was a paring down.
What to take? What to leave? Am I going to regret taking something because it took up room and I could've re-bought it once we got there? Am I going to regret leaving something because I'll discover too late that it had sentimental value?
It's no wonder I have crispy-brain.
Then again, it's kind of like editing. Only what you choose to take or leave - if you regret either one - can be rectified by going back to an earlier version.
There are no earlier versions here. The best you can hope for is finding another likeness of the thing you lost, or that you didn't waste too much money moving that bag of dirt. (Yes, I paid United to move a bag of potting soil, and I still kick myself for it. It was DIRT for petesakes. It cost me more to move it than I would've paid for a new bag of dirt.)
Yesterday, I got rid of the rest of my 'books I don't want to move'. Do I regret it? A little. They're books. I would've taken them all, thrown them on the floor of my new house and rolled around naked in them if I could've. But that seems a little extreme. A friend asked me why I didn't just keep all the ones I hadn't read. Think about it - Let's say I hadn't read half of those. That's a thousand books. Let's also say I read a hundred books a year. It would take me 20 years to read those books - and they keep printing new books I want to read!
Umm, yeah. The books went bye-bye. I kept the ones I really did want to read, and the ones that were precious to me, but the majority... :waves:
Now, I've also had some inquiries into the kitties. Rest assured, Max is going with us. And, of course, Her High Grand Princess Kira. The rest of them will have to go back to their regular routine of scouting out food sources without having my house on their route. I'd take them all with me, but the boys are all feral, and the girl would be one cat too many in my car. (I'll find a home for her if I can.)
Okay, so that's enough about me and my decisions. What about you? Ever take something you regretted taking when you moved? And since we've all left something behind at some point, tell me what you left that you regretted most.