This quote popped up in my Instagram feed this week:
“Remember, you can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you.”
Because I’ve been talking about mid-life transition for the past few weeks on this blog, and for that matter, transition of any kind, it caught my attention and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. What is your reaction to it? I have to admit, I’m giving it what I would call a “mixed” reaction.
Do you think it’s true, straight across the board? I don’t. For sure, it’s food for thought. Certainly for some of us, the need to let go of something in our past may be important to acknowledge, and can indicate an area in our life where there is work that needs to be done. But the flip side of that is that for many of us, we don’t want or need to let go of our past – or our present – because we’re not unhappy with what we currently have in our lives. In fact, we’re super grateful for it. We’ve worked hard for it! It’s been our journey thus far. Our life. Our families. There is value and comfort there.
Being grateful and content – and then thinking about the “Now What?” that I talked about in last week’s blog post, might create some of those mixed feelings I mentioned above, or confusion. If your life right now is good, why do you want more? Should you want more? Is it ok to want more? Absolutely!
Why? Because you’re ready. Because there’s space in your life now to think about it. Because now that there is room, you’re realizing you actually do want more. So here you are. What’s in front of you? New possibilities and opportunities to explore your potential and dreams! It’s envisioning time. Building a plan time.
Now is YOUR time. This is the moment. There is no time like right now to get started. Recognizing what is in front of you is a process that can take some time, but that’s ok. Be in motion. We do not learn by standing still!
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