Believe me when I say I am writing this from experience. As some of you already know from many of my previous articles, I am going through a huge transition in life. I am a soon-to-be retired teacher who lives to teach. Teaching is in my blood. But after 36 years, it’s time to see where the next journey takes me. The thought of giving up a daily fix of unconditional love from a class of inspired nine-year-old children is daunting. Their love and respect won’t be soon replaced, if at all. However, it’s time to create new meaning in my life.
I am allowing myself to feel the internal struggle of this transition; and believe me, it isn’t easy. I began to think of ways to give myself the nurturing I need right now. It’s truly amazing what develops if you are open to the universe of your own soul.
Let Your Inner Warrior Come Out and Whip His Sword Around. Feeling sad is easy, but when I began to ascertain my life, I was bowled over by the fact that I had I created my entire life with the blood, sweat and tears of my own doing. I set goals and made them happen with no financial help from parents or loved ones. Wow, I am a warrior! My heart is racing as I ponder new dragons to slay!
Look Around At the People Who Have Always Been There. Even if you can only count a few people on one hand who would love you unconditionally, that’s a remarkable gift that keeps on giving. Whenever I have felt lonely or left out, I think of my loved ones and I want to slap myself silly. Slap (to self)…thank you, Jeaninne, I needed that.
Take Stock in the Things You Have Created. I researched my name on Google and found wonderful reviews of my writing. It made me want to write immediately (hence this piece). We all have uplifting reviews in our lives that come in many forms: the arts; great parenting; great friendships; careers that matter. Yep, there are many words left to write. Relish in the pursuits that make you happy.
Splurge A Little. I recently found a pair of silver filigree hoops that said my name, but I walked away because of the price. My husband said, “You know you won’t stop thinking about them, so get them. You work hard for your money and manage it well. Treat yourself.” I wear those earrings often. They remind me that I am worth it.
Give Back. Any time I have helped someone in need, a tremendous feeling of godliness washes over me. The words that come to mind are, “I get it; that’s why we are put upon this earth.” We are all here for a reason. Now go out and celebrate….YOU.