Do you remember being in school and having to write a paper for class? There’s nothing more daunting than having a blank page staring at you. The thing is that once you get started you forget the struggles you had in the beginning and develop a way to get it done. You gain confidence through the process of getting things done and you’re only reminded of the struggle to when it’s time to start over again.
I’m noticing that the same goes for when we have a fresh start moment in life. We get frustrated by the ‘blank page’ ahead of us when we find ourselves moving somewhere new, start a new job, being single, or facing a challenge. We’re so consumed by the reward that we get from overcoming our obstacles that we forgot the struggles we faced prior to our achievement. No wonder so many people don’t like change or starting over, we want the final outcome instead of the process it takes to achieve it.
Right now I find myself living in a completely new city yet again. I forgot how difficult it is to move and become acclimated to a new environment. I’ve been trying to adjust and accept this new chapter, but it wasn’t till recently that I started to be thankful for my fresh start. I wanted this experience to look a certain way and when it didn’t I started to doubt the process. Instead of seeing that this is a blessing I wanted to fast forward to the easy part and not deal with this ‘blank page.’
If you find yourself starting over then don’t be unenthusiastic towards this new chapter because there’s a purpose for what you’re facing. A blank page is always intimidating until you start writing, and so are life lessons when you start off. I don’t know what lesson I’m supposed to learn from my current journey, but instead of running away I’m going in with an expectation to grow.