“We tend to overpack. If it does not add value to your life journey, don’t bring it along for the ride.” ― Anthon St. Maarten
The business of being a landlord is great, but not for me.
I had great tenants in the past, that paid on time and never had any complaints. And some not so great. At the moment I have one of those. He pays late and complains about every little thing, at all hours of day and night.
I am at fault for not setting him straight from the beginning. I catered to every little thing he wanted, and didn’t make a big deal of the late rent. All of a sudden, years have gone by and I am feeling like a hostage.
“Don’t plan for the future until you have removed and unpacked the baggage on your back.” ― Charles F Glassman
In 2019 I sold the other rental I had. I thought I would regret selling it, because I loved the place, but instead I felt lighter. I no longer dread the calls from the tenant or from the super of that building.
I didn’t want to sell both condos in the same year. Also, since this is a one bedroom apartment, and by this time my tenant is married with 2 little kids; I thought that he would be moving out sooner, rather then later. He never did.
In 2020, when I was about to ask him to move out, there came Covid. In 2021 it was the same story.
“You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”
― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
Finally, this January, I gave him notice to move out by April 15th. He is now complaining that 3 months is not enough time for them to move out. No matter what, the apartment will go on the market on April 16.
I cannot wait for it to be on the market and and to be sold. It will feel like I have shed another heavy layer.
In a prior post I mentioned, in response to a date’s question, that I wanted a series of homes in different places. The truth is, I don’t.
Don’t get me wrong, the idea is great; if they all came absolutely maintenance free. That would be a perfect world, where material possessions didn’t require any looking after.
“No baggage – there was the secret of existence.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson, The Wrecker
In this not-so-perfect world, the more one has, the more it takes to maintain. It takes more money, more time, more energy, more dealing with painful people, etc. I don’t want any more of that, than I already have to deal with.
I aim to have less. Less to worry about. It helps that I am disliking shopping more and more. I have to buy a bedroom set and and I keep avoiding dealing with it. I wish I could go without a car also, but it is a necessary evil.
I want to get rid of stuff. I want to feel lighter and unencumbered. I want less baggage, less energy spent taking care of maintaining stuff. I don’t want to be tied to places and things. I don’t want to spend energy on things.
I want to be so light that I can feel like I can fly.
Wishing you a light weekend full of light and blessings!
“Only, in the end, you will realize. Among all the baggage you carried all your life, you didn’t own most of them. And the remaining weren’t as important as you always thought or expected it to be.” – Akshay Vasu, The Musings of Light and Darkness: Collection of words for the wandering souls