I cannot truly imagine having to pick up and start all over again after a disaster like earthquake, tornado, fire. It’s been on my mind lately, in the wake of Haiyan and the tornado in Washington, IL. Entire communities completely demolished. Homes in piles of rubble. Hospitals overrun with the injured.
I have led quite a sheltered life thus far, having never been the victim of such an epic storm. I like being able to come home to the same house day after day, trusting that it will be standing when I return. I have a lot of belongings tied up in that house, besides three cats who enjoy the roof over their heads. While I realize that downsizing can almost always be a positive, I would definitely be blindsided if I suddenly lost everything I own.
Obviously, in any devastating loss like these, the most important thing is that your family and friends come through it safely. But the other things do have significance. While much of it can be replaced, not everything can. My grandmother’s wedding ring, for example. Pictures of my wedding, of our travels, of our baby’s milestones.
What would be the hardest thing for you to lose? How would you cope with the loss?