Monday, June 06, 2016

Transitions: Are They Our Friend or Our Foe?

It was so nice of Melissa to ask me to guest blog this week. I was thinking about topics to do and the first one I came up with is...drum roll, please...

Transitions.

Some people don’t seem to have any trouble with transitions. They just flit seamlessly from one activity or life stage to another. Me? Not so much! I got to thinking about this yesterday when Janelle and I were stopping by McDonald’s to get her a decaf and me a lemonade (warning: don’t get in the afternoon beverage habit because it can get pricey!). Anyway, after the cashier gave us our order, I was taken back to my daily morning decaf on the way to work. It was a lovely morning ritual, stopping by McDonald’s and taking my decaf out to the back of the school to drink it as I greeted the students at 7:15 in the morning. I am happy to be on summer vacation, but that smell of the decaf made me long for those fun school days of yore (OK, of just two days ago, but you get my point!). And, it’s not like I retired or something; I’ll be back at it in no time.

So, I started to think about other transitions in my life and realized I have always been this way. Going to college required an entire semester for me to adjust. I shed tears on my wedding day, not just of happiness, but of nostalgia for my old life. As the kids got older, I would fret about what I would do when they got out of this stage or that stage. Nevermind that it always worked out. I just couldn’t help myself and got nostalgic.

So, one topic for me to examine this summer is my newly discovered aversion to transitions. After all, isn’t each ending a new beginning?

Are transitions hard for you? What life transitions do you remember the most? Which ones made the biggest impact on you?

5 comments:

  1. Divorce was definitely the biggest one for me. In the process, over 4 1/2 years, I am at home in my heart and true to my soul. I am continuously grateful for all the support given to me by friends and family. That being said, it was frightening and temporarily devastating. As someone said to me, "I miss the plan, not the man."

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  2. I would say in general I am good with transitions, but moving to Canada away from my family has been hard. I was very homesick in the beginning and was newly married and had no friends here. Now, 4 years later, I am making friends and working in a job I love. Being homesick and missing my family hasn't gone away, but it does get more and more easy as time goes by.

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  3. I would say in general I am good with transitions, but moving to Canada away from my family has been hard. I was very homesick in the beginning and was newly married and had no friends here. Now, 4 years later, I am making friends and working in a job I love. Being homesick and missing my family hasn't gone away, but it does get more and more easy as time goes by.

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  4. Ahhh...Transitions. Life doesn't get more real than that. Personally I squeezed so many new things in my life during the past three years, I learned one thing or two about that. Bottom line: transitions are always a good thing. It might take time or a few tears here and there. That's fine too. Great topic and post.

    BTW, I am back to blogging after like a million years. Missed u! XO

    http://cafesocietyxxi.blogspot.de/

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  5. Very interesting article. I can see where Melissa got her writing skills. You both have a talent for writing. I, too, remember fondly stopping at McDonald's every morning on my way to work for a coffee and biscuit with butter. Great topic and anxious to read the next one.

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