Yesterday I went to Tel Aviv. I went for work but instead ended up taking a trip down memory lane. My meeting was at the same street that we lived when I first came to Israel 15 years ago. This was our first apartment together. Our first common home. This is where our shared journey as a couple began for real.
And what a home it was. A one and a half room apartment, the half being a closed off balcony that was our bedroom. Very small, very old, very cheap but very exciting and basically all you need when you are young and in love. And at least, using the phrase of any self-esteemed real estate agent – it was a great location!
We spend 4 years there. Years of really getting to know each other and doing stuff like fighting about the socks thrown on the floor (his, of course, not mine!). Years of being students and living as such, meaning have little or none financial means. Those where not easy years but still I remember them fondly and sometimes I even dream of those days.
Eventually we moved a bit out of the city to our first self-owned apartment. A bit better but not much. Then we duplicated ourselves and became 4 instead of 2. Both the apartment and the city life became too crowded so be moved even further away.
I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to look forwards and (as Dear Husband puts it) like to worry a bit. About what will be and what we will do and what we will have.
Yesterday walking around our old neighborhood I got to thinking how far we have come since those yearly days on Rashi Street in Tel Aviv. How much we have been through and how much we have learned along the way. Yes, there were difficult times and plenty of both ups and downs, but all in all when I look back from then to today I can really see how far we have come in all areas in our lives.
So yes, we can and should think about the future and try to plan ahead but sometimes a look backwards can really give us a motivational boost and a nice pat on the shoulder. How far we have come and how much we have learned and developed. And if we are still not entirely in that place yet, now would be a good time to start so that we look back at today many years from now we will be proud of how far we have come!