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Those Empty Corners of Life

Friday, April 27, 2012

[The street in front of our old Sunday Morning Spot, taken in Roanoke, May 2011.]

Currently, there are several empty corners in my apartment.

The space where a coffee table used to be. The old home of a lamp. An empty bookshelf in the corner of the office.

There was a time in my life when these empty spaces would have been a cause of anxiety and sadness. Now I look at them with joy and see how full of hope they really are. As I pack things slowly into boxes and send furniture away, I am simplifying my life.

There's something very attractive to me about doing things that aren't easy. Maybe it's the runner in me.

Go the distance. Throw things away. Make life better.

I remember a very specific moment from when Rob and I were leaving Roanoke to move here for the year. I was emptying the refrigerator in an apartment that no longer held any of our things. A broom sat, propped against another empty corner and dust covered the floor of what used to be our living room. The muggy August heat of southwest Virginia crept through the old warehouse windows of the apartment, and in that empty space, Rob pushed the hair from my sticky neck and said "I love you." That apartment wasn't empty as long as we were in it.

I have learned that an empty corner is just the beginning of something new and better.


  1. How wonderful! I know the feeling of looking around the place that you've made memories in and seeing emptiness... It's so strange!

  2. Holy Hell Megan, stop making me tear up! We just moved out all of Zach's stuff from his apartment & the guys came & took the POD away. The place I've quazi shared with him for 7 months is now empty. But until now I never though of the empty space being a good thing. When you move it an it's empty it's exciting, but moving out is always sad. I never thought of it in a positive way.

    For Pete's sake Megan, this is a damn good blog post!

  3. Agree with Moe. Your words are so beautiful!

  4. What a great way to look at life. Empty corners are opened up for new (and better!) things to come!

  5. Such a pretty post. I normally feel more sadness than hope when seeing an empty spot, because for us, they always meant coming back to something we're not that happy with... We worked seasonal jobs, so every season, we'd come back to her parents house. We couldn't wait for our own place - we still can't. Hoping for that forever home soon!

  6. Beautiful. From a person who is staring at her own empty corners, this is a wonderful reminder. Thank you.

  7. I've moved multiple times in the past 4 years and I know the feeling.

    Beautifully written by the way!


  8. Aw, what a cute story :) And definitely gives me something to think about as I'm packing up my apartment in the next few months.

  9. I love the way you write and like "poppyHarleyLove" said; what a great way to look at life! Nice blog by the way! :D Cheers from Norway!

  10. This was beautifully worded Megan. I'm sure many of us can relate. It really can be an exciting time too, a hopeful new beginning :)


  11. We're about to move and just sold most of our stuff. It's so refreshing - you said it a million times better than I ever could.

  12. so beautiful. writing is definitely your calling. i'm excited for you and what all of these empty corners are going to mean in the near future :)

  13. Megan... this is so beautifully written! I'm excited for the new chapter of your life, you're going to have so much fun! Best.


  14. Megan,
    it's that time of year isn't it? changes abound. This post captures the feeling, exactly. I always have to remind myself ... emptying is really making room for something else.


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