Well this month’s topic made me stop and think for a second (and first thing on a Monday morning, that really isn’t a good thing lol). When I think of transitions, I think of change. A change in a life situation (graduating from high school/college/from one grade to another); transitioning from a parent into a grandparent (though you always remain a parent, of course); transitioning from one WIP to the next; from one job to another; from one home to another, etc.
I am the type of person who always says that I like change but, if I’m being really honest with myself, I don’t. Oh, I usually like it after the fact, but that whole transitioning period is often unsettling and disruptive. I generally like my life the way it is. I like where I live, what I do with my days, how my life is going. The funny thing is, once the change has occurred, I generally like the results. It’s that whole transition process I have a hard time with.
It’s hard to say goodbye to what was in order to greet something new. It’s hard to learn new things when you were already so good at the old. It’s hard to pour all your creative energy into creating something new when you are so in love with what you’ve already created.
Transitioning can just be tough. But it’s necessary in order to grow and thrive. Maybe I’m just contrary 😀 I like to move, but I don’t like the moving process. I don’t always like writing, but I like to have written. I don’t like to exercise, but I like to have exercised. LOL I like the end result, it’s the transition I have difficulties with 😉
A few transitions going on in my life right now:
- My kids are leaving one grade and moving to the next. At the end of the summer, they will be entering third and fourth grade. Which means in two years my oldest will be in middle school. How the hell did that happen so fast!?
- My stepson and his wife just welcomed their first child which makes me a grandma. A GRANDMA (I’m 36…this one is just hard to swallow lol But, comes with the territory when you marry someone older than you) :).
- I have started working on the final book of a trilogy. Which means this storyline is almost over. I started writing the first book 5 or so years ago (and then put it aside). But it has been there, somewhere, for half a decade. The thought of being finished with it is somewhat bittersweet.
- Because of extenuating circumstances, my husband and I have been discussing moving and job situations – for the first time in my life, I really don’t want to move. I’ve always been up for moving. I love new places and new homes. But this is the longest we’ve ever stayed in one place and we REALLY love where we are. But we might not have a choice so for the first time it’s not something I’d look forward to if it should occur.
Transitions…well, they aren’t my favorites. But they are necessary little devils if we want to continue to grow and improve in this life. Best make my peace with them I suppose 🙂