Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Wisdom of Moving House

I've a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald today, 'Life's lessons found packed in a removalist's box'.

Moving house sucks.  And yet: everyone we know is constantly moving.  Kicked out by landlords.  Leasing while they renovate.  Sick of faulty hot water systems.  Doing the buy-and-renovate-and-buy-again merry-go-round...

It's not just Victoria that's 'on the move'.

It's horrid, as I said.  But in our recent shifts I was reminded of a few vital truths: human ties, the relationship between evaluation and suffering, and constant change.  A sample:
There is... the dumb fact of process: change, movement, growth. For many, the family home is the archetype of stability and familiarity: belongings, routines, smells. With its decor, design and atmosphere, it reflects and reinforces identity. It's often where we're most comfortably ourselves. 
Moving house is a reminder of the energy required to achieve this. Every day, we have to stave off decay, mess or impersonal dullness. As I schlapp boxes of shampoo, paintings and Dr Who DVDs, I remember: home is made, not found. And it is remade as life changes. Domestic order is no illusion - but it is not as fundamental as it looks. What is basic is process, and we labour to manage it.

3 comments:

Reservoir Dad said...

Yep, I'm one of those people moving house. Packing up, moving out into in-laws for several months, then moving back into new house. Will be a testing half a year to say the least.

Dan said...

How apt ... We moved today! After more than 15 moves so far this century I'm staying put even if I hate it.

Damon Young said...

RD: Yes, but you have what counts. Awesome vacuums.
D: Best wishes with it, too. Cling to your patch of dirt like Sylvester the Cat in the mouse-haunted house...