Living Through a Transition Period

I’ve needed a boost lately.  My life is good (great, in fact); if you need evidence just read my last post.  But sometimes the negative parts of life, the things I don’t have yet, catch up to me.  Like when I remember that despite the fact that I feel overdone in the college department, I still don’t have my piece of paper that tells everyone what a smarty-pants I am.  Despite the fact that I feel like I’ve been preparing my whole life, I still don’t have a little one to care for.  Despite the fact that when our lease is up we can go anywhere and live any life we want, that time is not now.

A transition period (that when-it’s-over-we-can-finally-move-on-with-our-lives phase) is tough to live through.  When life feels like it’s at a standstill and your future looks like this (literally and metaphorically, in our case):

Only you don’t know what’s beyond that door…just that it’s the future, whatever that means.

Now here comes the good and bad news.  Life is a transitional period. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you will always be waiting for something more.  This is because we can’t live our lives, the good or the bad, all at once. But this is a good thing; it is beautifully designed.  Life isn’t meant to be fleeting, and sometimes, in the downtime between one good thing and the next, there’s a waiting period.

This is the time to become quiet and learn lessons.

This is the time to regroup and relax.

This is the time to breathe and grow.

This is the time to focus and prepare… for whatever is coming next.

Yes, sometimes its a little boring and can seem like it is going to last forever, but it is also a great time to learn about yourself and find out what is really important to you and what you really want out of life.  What you do with your transition periods says a lot about you.

So, no, I’m not graduated yet.  A few more weeks, a couple more assignments, and that piece of paper will come.  No, Travis isn’t graduated either, but one more semester and he’ll get his paper too.  No, we’re not done with our current job, but August will come soon enough and this too shall pass (and thank goodness for that!).  As for what’s next, who knows?  But I do know that until then, I’ll be breathing slowly and taking it one day at a time.  You know, until my life looks like this again:

Hopefully, it won’t be too far away.

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