Do you have something in your life that you love, but really don’t need?
I did. Meet my 1974, bright orange, convertible, Super Beetle. This little car is so me. It is fun, cheery, zippy and exciting. It belonged to my father-in-law and I bought it after he passed away. I love this little car.
I am not an accumulator, nor am I a car person particularly. I bought this car to carry on my father-in-law’s dream, and I was sure it was going to be a ton of fun and it was. It certainly got a lot of looks out on the road. I even got a vanity plate to suit. “ROWERGRL” for my 25 years of rowing history.
While the car was fun, cheery, zipy and exciting, it was also costing us money, and represented a chunk of money that we could have been using for other things. Not terribly practical, it is certainly a fair-weather car – I do live in the snow belt of Central Ontario.
I had really mixed feelings about my little bug-bug. I really loved it, and I felt uncomfortable tying up money in my car that we could be using to get to our big goal which is to be DEBT FREE. So … we put it on the market. And on the market it stayed. We had it listed on and off for 2 years, and I was really torn. Anytime someone came to see it, I secretly hoped that they wouldn’t offer enough to make it worthwhile to sell it.
That changed this spring. My husband updated the listing on Kijiji.ca and he started to get interest. Something had changed for me. I realized that I had enjoyed my car, and some else could enjoy it too. And … I knew that our goal of financial freedom was much more important to me than keeping this car. I let go of the attachment to the car and the identity that went along with owning it.
As soon as I had decided that, a buyer came in who didn’t try to talk us down thousands of dollars, and the sale was easy and fast. She paid cash – yup, actual cash – two envelopes of it for a deposit and final payment. It was exciting to deposit that cash onto our line of credit and see the balance go way down.
I feel at peace with my decision, and really happy that my bug is being enjoyed by someone. Letting go of the attachment to the car, and the obligation to maintain the family dream allowed me to really serve our highest goals and values.
What are you hanging onto from obligation, love, history or idleness? What are your highest values and goals. Would letting go serve those goals better?
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