I remember the day it happened like it was yesterday – probably because it was only a couple of months ago that I opened up the email I’ve been anxiously awaiting. The email informed me that a story I’d submitted for publication had been accepted and I was going to be a published author! The story has now been published and I am still thrilled and excited at this turn of events.
Sometimes you’re ready for a change
A year ago my world looked completely different than it does today. I was living in a larger city and going to work every day doing a job I’d been doing for over 30 years. There was nothing wrong with my life but there was nothing great about it either. Don’t get me wrong, it was a nice life and things were good in the family arena, but I was not in a place where I felt challenged and excited professionally. I was ready for something new. At that point I had no idea just how much my world was going to change in a very short period of time.
But as so often is the case, change has a way of creeping in and jerking the rug out from under us. That’s exactly what happened to me. Within the span of a few short months, I retired from my thirty-two year career, sold my house, moved back to my hometown and into the house with my father, and sent my last child off to college.
Talk about change – we got it in spades.
How to cope when change arrives
Since change was thrust upon us, we did what people do in similar situations. We put our heads down and got busy working to take care of a myriad of details to make everything happen. We were so busy, in fact, that we hardly had time to think about the ways our lives were going to be different on a day-to-day basis. When we finally had a chance to look up and catch our breath, we were literally and figuratively in a different place in our lives. It felt strange – much stranger than we had anticipated.
A wise friend told me that I’d taken on a lot of changes all at once and that any of them by themselves would be enough of a challenge. She was right, but we’ve lived through the changes and have come out the other side relatively unscathed. Sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet and learn to swim because there is no other option.
It helps if you think about change before it happens
Fortunately, my husband and I had been discussing what we wanted our second chapters to look like. We’d spent a lot of time dreaming about things we wanted to do “when we had time.” We weren’t sure we’d ever get to the point where we could actually pursue any of the dreams we’d discussed, but suddenly the opportunity was right in front of us.
We made our move at the beginning of September and told ourselves that we’d spend the fall settling in to our new routine, unpacking, and that I would spend some time “detoxing” from my old job. A little time to rest and rejuvenate was definitely needed. We set a firm deadline that once January rolled around, we’d roll up our sleeves and get busy working to turn our dreams into reality.
So we did. And less than a year later I’m getting a story published and am working on other projects that spark my creativity and excite my brain. I wouldn’t go back to my old life for anything. This new chapter may not work out exactly the way I’d like, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. And I learned a long time ago that people may not like what you have to say or offer, but they can’t kill you.
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Have you made any big changes in your life lately?