Truth is, life is never the same any day we wake up and get out of bed. It may seem the same, but every single decision we make changes the outcome of our journey.
Why did I get up at 5:30 a.m. to wax philosophical, you ask? Because I’ve been laying in bed, wide awake since 3:30, thinking how much my life is about to change. And that got me to thinking about those defining moments that stand out from our day-to-day living.
Graduating from high school kicks us out into the world and really needs to be slapped with a sticker – Handle with Care.
Getting that first real job. What an eye-opener that is!
For me, a major defining moment occurred after reading a great article in National Geographic and deciding I couldn’t live another year without going to the Scottish Highlands. I worked and saved and made that dream come true when I was twenty-three. Oh, and another thing I learned while saving and planning for that trip – if I waited for any of my friends to sign on, chances were, I’d never make it there at all. So I took that trip alone and it opened up a whole new world of experiences. Independence equals freedom.
Deciding to go to NursingSchool changed my life in countless ways, and began the journey toward meeting my husband. How would my life be now if I hadn’t made that decision then?
Proposing or accepting a marriage proposal. Yeah, life changes in all kinds of ways teaming up with another person. It truly is never the same, and if we are open to personal growth, life becomes much, much better. Not that there aren’t daily struggles in any marriage, but knowing someone is in your corner is a perspective that is always a game changer. I becomes we. I guess the key there is for each partner to become a better person because of the other. To build each other up, not tear each other down.
And that leads to the most life-changing moment of all – becoming a parent. Absolutely nothing is ever the same again. In a great way, of course! No matter what the challenges may be, there is this little life that belongs to you for the next eighteen years, that will depend on you for love and guidance, and who brings a whole new meaning to love.
Why am I having these thoughts so early in the morning? Because I’m about to become a grandmother. My daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first baby in mid-February, and I know without a doubt that life will never be the same again!
I’m so looking forward to this most excellent and exciting journey.
Until next time, make it a great one!