Letting go, to go forward can be hard. A lot of times, we think that what we are letting go means more to us than it actually does. And it can be even more tough to let go because we can’t see past our feelings. Over the past 4 months, I’ve had to make some tough decisions. Even though I know they needed to be done, it still stung, initially.
First, I had to let go of my dogs, DC and Brooklyn. By far, the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make. Fortunately, I’ve never lost a loved one (family or friend), but other than the death of maybe four people, I can’t imagine a pain much worse than surrendering my dogs. But it had to be done. They became infested with ticks, and because of my schedule they were being neglected. For so long I treated them as more than dogs. Before the birth of my son, I always referred to them as my “first borns”. But in order to move forward financially and for the safety of my family, I had to let go to go forward.
Another decision I had to make was giving up my car. I had leased a 2013 Ford Fusion. Now my Fusion wasn’t like any other. It was limited edition that was all black with black rims. It was the first car I’ve ever had that had leather seats, and I fell in love with Sync. When I would tell people I have a Fusion, they would say, “Oh” or “Thats cool”. But whenever they saw my car they were always thrown off. It looked like a Maserati, until a Maserati pulled up next to me. But in order to move forward, I had to let go. With me now being a family man, we needed more space. The Fusion is a sedan but my son is growing bigger everyday. So I had to let go of my favorite car, and go forward with a Ford Explorer.
Initially, with both decisions, I felt sadness. I wanted to hold on to it all. However, in the words of Deepak Chopra, “In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.”