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Rollercoaster of Change: A Beautiful Beginning

Life, they say, is a journey, a rollercoaster ride filled with twists, turns, and unexpected drops. It's a journey that takes us through valleys of despair and peaks of joy, a journey where the only constant is change.



Change is something that happens all the time, and it can make people feel different ways. Some folks like the idea of trying new things and growing, while others prefer things to stay the same. Change is hard when you feel comfy with routines, are scared of what's unfamiliar, or don't want to step outside your comfort zone. Not everyone is quick to embrace change (me included), it’s completely normal.

It is the very thing that is constantly flowing and shaping our lives. It's unpredictable, sometimes gentle and soothing, while other times turbulent and overwhelming.



It can feel like you're standing at the edge of a cliff, hesitant to take that leap into the unknown. The fright can be paralyzing. That's how many of us feel when faced with change - the fear of uncertainty.


Stepping outside our comfort zone can be daunting; after all it’s human nature to crave stability and routine. Yet, it's often in those moments of discomfort, when we challenge ourselves to find a way and push beyond our limits that we experience the most profound transformation.  It can actually turn out to be pretty great.


We all know that even though it might feel awkward, it often leads to personal growth, new ideas, and unexpected opportunities.


The ups and downs shape us, challenge us, and sometimes leave us breathless. It's easy to get lost in the chaos and to feel overwhelmed however, we are often reminded that the beauty lies not in the destination but in the journey itself.


Amidst life changes, I always try to cherish the small victories, no matter how insignificant they may seem.  Also giving attention to friendships that support important decisions and changes.  Those friendships withstand the test of time.


Sometimes change can be difficult though through no fault of our own.  And sometimes, we have to take a moment to determine if change is feasible at this point in time.  For me personally, after the efforts of the day, week, month – it sometimes feels like I take a few steps forward but many more back.


The goal, the intention doesn’t seem attainable at times.  I know what I have to do to accomplish or get there but life events or sometimes even my own limitations (being mental or physical) seem to get in the way – slowing me down or is it?



Am I going around in circles?  I’m on the go from the moment my feet touch the floor.  At the end of the day it sometimes doesn’t feel like I’ve accomplished a thing.

 

Maybe there are reasons for that.  Maybe I need to take an inventory of where I am right now and what experiences and lessons I am learning in this moment.  This thought process may not solve all the day to day issues or even take away those gnawing feelings but having that perspective may ease some of it.

 

LIFE IS A JOURNEY – pops up everywhere and has different meanings for different people.

 

Sometimes, understanding is as simple as reading children’s book or poem like the one below for that “AH-HA” moment.

 

You are a Beautiful Beginning

 

It is not the number of pages,

It is the story in the book.

 

It is not how far you have travelled,

It is the journey that you took.

 

It is not remembering the lyrics,

It is singing a song in your heart.

 

It is not creating a masterpiece,

It is finding the courage to start.

 

It is not knowing all the answers,

It is listening to what others say.

 

It is not about winning the game,

It is having fun while you play.

 

It is not making the most friends,

It is loving the one who is there.

 

It is not owning everything,

It is bringing something to share.

 

It is not being a hero,

It is being part of a team.

 

It is not putting up walls,

It is about building a dream.

 

It is not about hogging the sunshine,

It is helping others to grow.

 

It is not being afraid of the darkness,

It is looking for places that glow.

 

It is not wishing to be different,

It is learning to love being you.

 

It is not the end of your story,

It is a beautiful beginning of you.

 

When the rollercoaster of life seems overwhelming, and change is inevitable, just hold on tight, for around the bend, there may be the most breathtaking view waiting for you.


Enjoy the ride!

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