“You don’t have to wait for perfect conditions. Create your home now, wherever you are. You have everything you need.”
This is the part which struck me most from the whole book. For the longest time now, I had been continually hoping that our family will settle in a big, spacious house where I could do the interiors just the way I want. I had been dreaming of ample space to put my ideas on home decorating into reality. I used to tell my husband I wanted a library, a living room, a dining room, a playroom, a big walk-in closet. Instead, we have been living in a small 2-bedroom apartment. The good part of this deal is, we are in a good area, accessible to a lot of things. The area is home to expensive apartments, thus the small cuts. Bigger (and more expensive) apartments are beyond hubby’s company’s budget. For 6 years, I had been moving furnitures around the house when the desire to see something new comes. I can’t paint nor put on wall stickers. So, really!
It was perfect timing when I saw this book from BookLook Bloggers. I had to read it. And I am glad I did! I realized I had been making excuses to friends who come over to the house…. “The house is a mess”… “What do you expect when you have two boys?”… This book made me realize I shouldn’t be making excuses, at all. I welcome my friends to the house because I enjoy having them. And I guess, they enjoy coming to the house because they feel at home, too. One time my husband told me, “even if we live in a matchbox, you would still find a way to invite friends over”. And it’s true. As the author said, “maybe you’d just like to have a home where you are free to have people over and focus on them instead of all your home’s imperfections”.
It’s really from experience that I agree with the author when she said that it is our ‘buts’ that hinder us from doing what we want. I had been struggling with limitations in decorating and buying things for the house. When we first moved here in Seoul, we thought we will be staying here for only a couple of years. Furniture were bought with the thought that all these is temporary.
Well, we will be on our 9th year here early next year:-). Indeed, “much of the beauty that arises in our homes comes from the struggle we wage with our limited resources” (quote from Henri Matisse, modified by the author). I still recognize the limitations of our home but at least now, I have the consciousness not to allow myself to be hindered by these limitations. And the important thing is, I calmly accept that “You don’t have to wait for perfect conditions. Create your home now, wherever you are. You have everything you need.”
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