Letting go of a dream….that sounds pretty dramatic doesn’t it? Sounds like something that could make us feel defeated… resigned…heartbroken. This weekend Steve and the boyz let go of a dream. We sold the ’66 Mustang that Steve’s parents had bought for him when he was a teenager. At some point it stopped running and the car had been sitting in his parents garage for years and then in our shed for more years…in hopes that one day Steve and the boyz would restore it and he could share his teenage love with them. Sadly, that experience did not seem to be in the cards. Time and money – the 2 things that seem to fall short – prevented them from being able to seize the opportunity.
Our mechanic, Keith, came to tow the Mustang to it’s new home…
The restoration was always something Steve, Seamus, Brendan and Casey talked about, dreamed about and hoped would someday come true…but today they said goodbye to that vision. Steve and I have been focused on cleaning out our house and on getting in a stronger financial position. He realized that it was not likely we would have the large sum of money it would take to restore the Mustang especially now that the boyz are not even home to work on it with him. He saw that getting the car out of the shed, would free up space for other things and would give him access to more ‘stuff’ that was buried behind the Mustang that he might want to sell or give away. Steve felt better about bidding the Mustang farewell as it went to a family in Burnt Hills, where Steve grew up, and the father is going to restore it with his 23, 18 and 14 year old sons. He is glad it will bring joy to a family in the way it did for him.
As you can see, it took up most of the big center part of the shed…now there is more space to organize the rest of the ‘contents of the shed so they are not jammed in there!
Dave seems like a great guy who will fulfill his own dream of restoring an old car with his sons.
So while there was a tinge of sadness in saying goodbye…there was also some relief in freeing up the space, gratitude to Steve’s parents for OK’ing us to sell it so we can create a better financial picture, and appreciation for all the car has meant to Steve through the years.
We are in a new phase of our lives. There is much sadness that our ‘raising the boyz’ years are over…(though don’t let anyone fool you into thinking it is really over when they graduate – the parenting thing is still in full force – it just looks different than it did for the past 18 years!)…but there is also some excitement about the things that are here for us now. It is time to shift some of our dreams… We now know we will never travel out west during a summer vacation as a family…we will not have a pool that the boyz can swim in with all of their friends. But that is ok because so many of our dreams did come true and we were blessed to do many other things we never even imagined. And now as we let go of some dreams, we also allow the doors to open to new opportunities and experiences. It is in the letting go that we truly free ourselves and open our hearts to life. Holding on is like a contraction in our body and letting go allows for expansion in our body, our hearts and our lives.
It is in the letting go that we feed the love <3