I have lived in Asheville for 20 years this coming month-
Me! The girl who moves every 3 years- just ask mom. This is why she claims she never moved close to me. LOL
So when I posted on my FB page last week; “so- my house is big enough for my sweet man, but not his stuff…..looks like a move is eminent…..should we stay in Asheville? Or perhaps start a new adventure somewhere in the world? Hmmmm”- this is really a question I take to heart.
Asheville is a town like no other- it is accepting of most things and unaffected to some extent by the rest of the world. (I can share story after story to explain this statement, but that’s for another post)
Through these past 20 years, whenever the wonderlust came over me, I’d hear a whisper in my ear: “you can’t leave yet”, and rather than ponder why not, I’d think of all the things I wanted in the place I live …and realize that Asheville had them all.
Yet lately I’ve been having subtle paradym shifts about my life.
In my last post, I wrote about my decision to drive a 16 ft Penske truck to help my 72 year old friend move back to the state of Washington. What I came to realize during this 11 day trek across the country is how much Asheville has caught up with alot of the world in that it is growing to a faster pace….and I am longing for the Asheville of 20 years ago.
As I passed through the small towns like Hot Springs, AK; Kanab, Utah and La Conner, Wa where Wenzella is now living, I felt like time had slowed down and the people at these places were enjoying life without checking their watches or constantly spending time in cyber space.
When I returned home and realized that my sweet man and I will eventually need to make a move to a house bigger than my 875 sq ft bungalow, I can’t help but think about finding a smaller town to start our new life together…….
So after days of checking out homes for sale on the outskirts of Asheville as well as those in smaller towns across the country that appeal to us, I realize that -ironically- I need to slow down…..after all, we are not in a position to make any moves this red hot minute. And I’ve been forgetting that I’ve always believed that things happen at the perfect time.
I need to let go and let God.
I need to just appreciate all that I still love about Asheville. And the more I do, even more things to love about Asheville will come my way.
In fact, they already have.
And when the time is right to find our new , bigger home, the right place will be there waiting for us. …the whisper in my ear told me so!