Letting Go

Janie Jurkovich
3 min readOct 31, 2023

Is 70 really Too Old to Rollerblade?

Recently I finally mustered the determination to clean out some of the file boxes in the shop. After setting aside 20 boxes (some dating back decades) for the upcoming shredding event, I set my sights on clearing away additional clutter.

Among the cobwebs and accumulated junk were my downhill skis which I hadn’t used in 20 years, since my kids were teenagers. Then there were my rollerblades, which I’d had even longer! And I never used them. I was always too busy raising kids, building warehouses, managing properties, studying for my real estate license and more recently — writing books. Yes, it was time to admit that approaching 70 is not the right time to learn this new skill.

I was sad to admit (to myself) that I had missed the window for that opportunity. A quick reminder of a recent fall finalized my decision.

Standing on a plastic chair while reaching over a six foot fence and then holding a baby lamb above my head (it’s another story why I was even in that predicament), I fell hard backwards onto the ground which felt like concrete. After a few expletives, I arose with only minor scratches, no broken bones and only my pride dented. After a week or two, the dizziness, headaches, neck aches, and bruised ribs subsided.

Yes, it was time to admit, rollerblading was definitely not in my future. Working in the yard, taking cruises, reading, and relaxing by the pool seemed like a much better fit!

Then I pondered other things in my life that needed “letting go.” The big family I always wanted, a move to another city, a long and happy marriage, a perfect garden, a slimmer body, a wrinkle-free face…

Letting go of some things in life can be a cleansing experience. It seems that only by letting go of some of our self-imposed clutter can we make room for the new experiences life holds for us.

For me a big one was letting go of an eternal love and realizing it was not going to happen in my lifetime, even though the desire and pain were crushing. Once I let go of that dream, a better match in terms of a soulmate, was waiting in the wings! It left me to ponder, why hadn’t I let go sooner?

It’s all in the timing they say. Apparently, the timing wasn’t right.

One thing for sure is we must let go of things, people, and dreams that no longer serve us in order to make room for better and more joyous things to come.

What do you need to let go of to live your best life? Ponder it and set your sights on that path. Make room for the new. You won’t regret it!

Meanwhile, I’ll be in my shop, clearing out another twenty boxes of files and whatever “treasures” I no longer need to hold on to.

Janie J is the author of “Live the Life You Have Imagined,” “Single and Sixty,” “The Unimagined Awakening” and The New I Am Document, Volume 1.”
She began writing books after a spiritual awakening let her tap into universal wisdom. Her mission is to help others live a life of more joy and understanding and to raise the consciousness of all humankind. Get started on your own journey with a free copy of the Connect to Transform Process at