Transition out of old, prebuilt places into new, un-forged territory is hard. It’s sad leaving home and striking out into the wild west of the unknown. It’s ok. Take the time to feel sad about leaving what you have known, what you have loved, what shaped and formed you into who you are today. And then wipe your face, dry your tears, gather your courage, and Forward into building the life you always wanted, that whisper of a force that has been knocking around in your chest your whole life but couldn’t make its way out because you just weren’t ready.
I’ve been hearing talk about how things are shifting – it seems we are all making this wide, uncontrollable turn of the ship, this transition from what was into what will be. It’s ok to feel scared and a little lost, frustrated, and full of hope and joy all at the same time. At least that’s what I’m telling myself, anyway.
“It’s ok, Sallie. Feel the sorrow, embrace the sadness of leaving the previous season and leaning into the next. It’s everything you have been waiting for. It’s the place all your own hopes and dreams reside. Enough of living everyone else’s expectations, of building on other people’s foundations…”me
Maybe this is what 40(ish) years old does. It tells you to get busy with all the beautiful tools you have acquired through the first part of your life, all the lessons, loss, and love, and start running – pressing on toward the mark drawn for you – just for you, not anyone else. That’s why no one can tell you precisely how to do it, because it’s yours. No one but the Holy Spirit (and anyone listening to Him on your behalf) can tell you exactly what to do. That’s why it’s so scary and frustrating. But you can point in the general direction, you can start Forwarding on that path laid out in front of you. The path that appeared when you came out of hiding, the path that the Father forged for you…
Just start walking. Forward now, Sallie.
That’s what I tell myself, anyway. Sometimes we all need a little bit of a pep talk.