Life begins, not merely the day you are born into this world, but at many junctures along the way too. As graduates of high school and university know all too well, their mark of achievement is equal to life beginning anew. It may mean a relocation to a new city or the initial strike of independence as they leave the family home for one of their own. Either way, the freshness of a life ready and waiting exists within their grasp.
The opportunity for life to begin again is in the eye of the beholder. For some it is a New Year’s Eve celebration. For others it may come in the shape of a milestone birthday. Those intent to live in the moment, may experience a new life beginning each and every morning when they rise.
So, here I sit, contemplating what life looks like for me as my son graduates high school and morphs into adulthood. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am proud of the young man he is becoming. The path of playing a smaller role in his everyday life all the while enjoying the view from the sidelines though new, is one I look forward to experiencing. I am excited too, about the time I will have for my own passion projects.
Yet to me, it is life beginning again in some respects. It is me, learning how to navigate this new and somewhat unfamiliar road. Not at all unlike other life terrains, just as I was getting the hang of it, the road signs have changed. Here are the 5 things I will strive to keep in mind as I step into the beginning of this stage of life.
Trust where you’ve been. Nobody goes through life unscathed. My plan is to trust the lessons that have gotten me this far. There is plenty more to learn along the way, but no experience is in vain. At the very least, I will trust the process and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Have a goal. Looking forward to something, big or small, will keep you focused. A goal provides motivation to continue on, even if the road should turn rocky. The goal will force you to look up and evaluate how far you have come and where you have yet to travel.
Take it all in. Every chance you get, look up, smile, pat yourself on the back and show gratitude for both the process and the path. Live each moment and welcome new beginnings.
Be enthusiastic about your new experiences. Be your own cheerleader for your accomplishments. Create your own happiness. When you find yourself filled to the brim with joy, be sure to turn around and shine some of it onto the next person in line.
Have fun along the way. Joy comes from within and so I promise myself to find the joy, take the risks, live in the moment, and embrace yet another of life’s new beginnings.