New Beginnings, New Growth

Over the last few months, the weather has gotten warmer, plants and birds and life have returned, and the COVID-19 pandemic precautions have started to lift. These are all causes for joy for most people. It is a time for new beginnings, and new growth. Yet as exciting as that can be, it can also be anxiety producing.

I say this as we head into the summer months and as I have a whole host of new plans that I want to start putting into motion, new projects I want to see come to life, and new growth that I want for myself, both personally and professionally. And another word for all of this? Change.

Change is hard for me. Even the happiest of changes can be a challenge. My wedding was one of the happiest days of my life for example, yet I was also full of worry that day. Would I be up to this? Would I be a good husband? Am I just joining a new family only to disappoint them? Similarly, the day I started college my stomach was so tied up in knots that I didn’t think I would be able to leave the bathroom. Yet ultimately, I settled into all of those changes, those new beginnings, those new opportunities for growth.

I know I am not the only one who struggles with change. I think it is hard for most people. Objects and people like to stay at rest or in motion and hate when they get acted upon by an outside force. Yet it is what drives us. It is what has driven my recovery. Fear sometimes saves you from jumping without looking. But once you’ve looked, sometimes the jump is what you need.

Jumping has been what has allowed me to grow as much as I have. It is what has helped me in my recovery. And it is what we all need to keep in mind as we look ahead to new beginnings and new growth.

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