life tales

old is the new new

8 January, 2017

Everything old being new again is a definite trend that I noticed in Melbourne, and in my life right now. 

As we were wandering around Melbourne, it was not uncommon for my sister and I to stumble across old buildings that had been brought to life again in a completely new way, or find an amazing vintage boutique hidden up a set of stairs, in an archade tucked away in an alley. The appreciation for looking at older things in a new light is quite amazing, and something that is unmatched here. 

Right now I am in a period where previous experiences and older foundations have become new again – and the fundamental element to new growth. The old job hunt is new, the old family home is new, spending times with old friends again is new… and the list goes on. I must admit that in this process, I have had to let go of expectations about what it means to move forward. Moving forward does not always mean moving on from the past. Rather, I think it is about taking what is learned in the past and leaning on the strength found in those older foundations to grow, and flourish in the present to build a thriving future.  

I have said in the past that graduating comes with a mixture of excitement and terror as you are faced with endless possibilities, a lack of clarity about what the future holds, and the knowledge that no matter how much direction you may have, paths are often full of twists and turns. 

In a world that likes to discard and replace, being able to invest in something solid from the beginning, and put effort into caring for it and reparing or modifying it when necessary, in undervalued. Whilst creating things that are designed to be replaced is a brilliant marketing campaign, fuelling exponential consumer spending, the impact that it is having on the rest of our lives is far more harmful. This is becoming more and more evident as I notice the true value of the quality of what I already have around me.

 

I have no idea whether what is ahead for me is going to be completely new, or a revision of the old. But I have no doubt that I will value both in whatever the future holds. 

xx Liz 

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law 9 January, 2017 at 9:44 am

    You are so right that everything old is new again. I just had an email from Cotton On with this “new trend’ alert and they had these horrible metalic and bright coloured puffy zip jackets that look like what my mama had in the eighties πŸ˜‰

    I am sure this year will be a mix of old and new for you that also brings with it incredible memories and opportunities!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 20 January, 2017 at 8:03 am

      Isn’t it amazing?! I wear things that my mum would have worn when she was my age.

      Thank you so much! I’m so looking forward to the adventures of this year. xx

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