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  1. Thank you for sharing your story with us Cat, im so sorry for the loss of your memorabilia & treasured items plus your home contents.

    As you stated its not always easy to let go of things!

    I on the other hand decided once i was leaving South Africa in December 2015 to sell up and give away everything i owned to my brother.

    I now am trying to re-establish myself and build a new life in NZ.

    All I own is 3 x Suitcases and the dream that I can rebuild a safe and peaceful life for myself in NZ.

    After 1 year in NZ in hindsight, I often wonder if this was just an idealistic dream as restarting again in your fifties alone is really not as easy as I Thought!

    By grace and faith I still am determined to make my dreams a reality! <3


  2. I’m sorry for the disaster that struck your home, and others in your area. I, too am one to purge at mid-life. I lost my job, house and car at age 56. And now at nearly 60 years of age, I am starting to re-build my life. It ain’t easy! Sometimes I miss my old life, and other times I feel light as a feather! I went from living with my husband in a 4,000 square foot home, to living by myself (my choice) in a 700 square foot apartment! I literally had to start ALL over in every aspect of my life. I’m slowly re-building what was lost. Starting over in the 2nd half of your life is not for the weak!
    Thanks for letting me vent! I’ll be following along with you on your journey!

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