Have you noticed all the changes around us lately? The leaves have started to take on golden edges. My garden is losing its deep green hue as plants wind down their producing season. Temperatures are dropping each day and the nights are cool enough to sleep with windows open.
Just as the seasons change, changes in our lives are inevitable. Once upon a time, people would seek out a career that would allow them to work for the same company their entire adult life. After 40 or 50 years, they would retire with a gold watch, a pension, and a nice savings to live out their lives. Today, it is more likely that we will change jobs and careers many times before we finally retire. Whether or not we have any savings left is far from assured. Hardly anyone gets the gold watch or the pension.
Since I finished college 20 years ago, I have had 7 different jobs. Some were in my field of study (teaching) while others were not (retail). I have also had 14 different bosses in that time. I have learned a lot about the type of person I work well for, and the type that does nothing to help or motivate me.
I am starting a new position with my company soon. I am both excited and nervous. This sort of change has never really bothered me that much, probably because I have never had the chance to "get comfortable." In spite of feeling a bit unsure of what lies ahead, I am still eager to get going in the next adventure that will help my husband and I pay the bills.
My girls have also been changing a lot. I have two down at Riverview Jr/Sr High School. Sophia is a freshman and Amelia is in 8th grade. They are both veterans now, having been there for at least a year each. We have much less stresful evenings, as they both know what is expected after school. Homework battles have almost ceased. And my youngest, Louisa, is in her last year at 10th Street Elementary School. She's part of the 'top dog' group who have been there the longest. I am thrilled to see that she is thriving in her classes, too.
My husband and I have just celebrated our first wedding anniversary. We have gone through lots of changes over the past year as we have settled into the routine of 'who does what' in our marriage. It has been a very easy year, for which I am incredibly thankful.
What changes have you been through lately? Are you eager to face the next one? I can't promise you much, but I can promise you that change lies ahead for us all. Dreading it, worrying about it, even complaining... none of these will change the fact that it's coming. I hope that you can take a deep breath and realize that the best plan is to accept it, rejoice in the positives and then forge ahead.