It’s All in the Transition

tran·​si·​tion | \ tran(t)-ˈsi-shən , tran-ˈzi

a change or shift from one state, subject, place, etc. to another

a period or phase in which such a change or shift is happening

Sounds simple on paper. Sounds simple in your head. You’ve been thinking about a change for a while now. The fantasies, the dreams, the big plans – if you could only ditch the day job. It wouldn’t feel like work because you would be doing what you love. Isn’t that what they say?

But dreaming is important, I would say vital. If you’re not dreaming big, what are you doing? Standing still, that’s what you’re doing. I’m a dreamer. Come up with some doozies. Most of mine never leave the four walls of my mind. But can’t imagine not dreaming of the next big thing.

Aren’t we all in some state of transition? Isn’t that what life’s all about? Think about it. From the time we’re born, we’re transitioning. From diapers to potty training. From breasts to bottles to soft foods. From crawling to walking to running. In school we’re transitioning out of Kindergarten to Elementary to Jr High to High School. The big transition to College and then the huge move to adulthood. Transition from Student to Worker or Employee or Owner or Manager. From just a person to a Consumer! Some people do a complete transition to a different sex.

And then there’s the transition from gainfully employed to semi-retired. From Corporate America to sole business owner. That’s where I am, coming up on 9 months since my departure from Corporate. Each day, week, month has been a learning experience. I’ve evolved, I’ve devolved. I’ve been happy, I’ve been sad, frustrated. I’ve journaled, meditated, yoga-ed(?). I’ve run. I’ve tracked my time. Documented my goals. Ticked off my To-Do list. All the while feeling like I was carrying a boulder uphill. I’ve LLC’d. I’ve come full circle.

I love my journey so far. Wouldn’t trade it for the world. My mind has been opened and unlocked like never before. I’m still in transition, I guess I will always be. But I know how to manage it now. I know how to approach things, how to evaluate, how to dissect fact from fiction. I was naïve to think this wouldn’t be an event. I was wrong. There’s a lot you must prepare for and understand you will change as you go through the process. I’m thinking of using my experiences to help others that are in the midst of a similar change or thinking about it. I never saw myself as a life coach of sorts, but it intrigues me. I understand the value of having someone to talk to. It’s been a lifeline for me. This is on my potential list as I continue to dream and plan for my future. Art will always remain front and center. Other possibilities await as well.

Like I said, I love my journey. No regrets, not a one.

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