We start over a lot, far more than we realize. While I’m preparing for a major life change it’s got me reflecting on all the starting over I’ve done recently and will continue to do.
Starting over after…
51 years in one country,
22 years at one address,
12 years in a brick-and-mortar,
4 years on Howard Street,
6 months of planning,
6 weeks in temporary housing,
10 hours of travel,
8 hours of sleep.
I genuinely view, and take, every day as an opportunity to start over. That might mean making a shift to my morning routine, or changing the direction I’m going on a project. It might, in the case of my upcoming move overseas, require change on several fronts all at the same time or be limited to one aspect of life. Regardless of the scope, change can be disruptive and scary - and that’s OK!
Our tolerance for starting over seems to behave like a muscle that gets stronger with use. I strengthen this muscle every time I sit down with my bullet journal to plan out the coming day/week/month. I stretch this muscle every time I try on a new element for my daily routine. Right now I’m working on this muscle’s endurance (some might even say I’m over-training) by changing all the things all at once! The reward for this workout routine is that I get to start over stronger, every time.
When you have the luxury of planned change you get to spend some time looking back as you plan forward. Taking time to consider what’s been working and what’s no longer serving you can help you make the changes that will move you towards your goals.
And for those unexpected starting over moments that shake us to our core?
Sometimes, starting over is forced upon us. It’s important to remember that not all starting over moments are positive or welcome, especially those that come out of nowhere. Looking at what’s in front of you and surrounding yourself with support can make all re-starts easier.
What’s next for you? How will you flex your starting over muscles?