When I was a young mom, my purse held all the tools to comfort a child, all the tools to quiet the child, and even the necessities to feed the child. From kleenexes and games to crackers and juice boxes. My purse was a symbol for all needs would be met here.
When I was a professional my purse held all my essentials for business. It was my briefcase. Big enough to hold all the necessary files, pens, even a big bulky calendar….Umm, iPhones hadn’t been invented yet. My purse became a symbol of how well I was doing in business.
When I traveled, my purse was an additional carry on. Big enough for magazines, books, and maybe even a quick change of clothes. My purse became a symbol for time at the pool.
Kids and husbands always availed themselves to the available storage and asked…. “Hey, can you stick this in your purse for me?” Because of my purse, I became “the camel”. I carried EVERYTHING for EVERYBODY.
Life has changed. No longer do I carry the coveted checkbook with me (in the purse). Never left at home unattended, the “checkbook” always ready in case something needed to be purchased…and now, I haven’t written a check in years. I no longer have to carry things with me. The children are grown and they have purses of their own to carry. I am blissfully retired. There is no longer a sense of urgency….about anything really and I don’t even need a pen. Now when I travel, I can do most everything with my iPhone and a Debit/Credit Card. Magazines, books and most entertainment are all on my iPad.
Years ago, my purse among all these other things represented financial security. Now my iPhone does.
There are times when I see a beautiful purse in the store window and think, “I should totally get that”! But then I think, “what would I carry?” A purse reminds me of what I used to be, not what I am.
Today, I am free. Free not to carry. Free to stick my iPhone in my back pocket and stop at Starbucks…I LOVE paying for coffee with my iPhone! Free to wander the store isles and “feel” with both hands. Most of all I am free of the shoulder pain I used to feel and free to just be.