It is weird how easy it is to watch time go by and feel as if these moments are not building. I have such a hard time seeing time add up and seeing myself turn from a young naive teenager to a less young still rather naive adult. I can't imagine how weird it is for my mom to see me and know how little I once was in her arms.
It has been almost a year since we moved, I will probably make a specific post the day of, and now looking back I know I've grown. It was life changing in so many ways and has opened my eyes to who I am.
I am not going to go into great detail about who I am - instead - I am going to tell you about a few lessons I've learned while stumbling along the way. So, here goes:
1) Trust yourself. Follow your gut and don't let others opinions fog your perceptions.
2) Allow yourself to achieve. We often make roadblocks to stop ourselves from trying or doing something we are scared to fail at. This brings me to number 3.
3) Allow yourself to fail, then pick yourself up dust yourself off and try again.
4) Sometimes waiting doesn't do any good. When we first moved I thought, well people will want to know me and will introduce themselves and that is how I will make friends....no such luck. It turns out I had to be the one who made the phone calls and initiated interactions. This is something I am still working on.
5) Allow yourself to feel. There are moments when the best thing you can do is truly feel the moment let it encapsulate you and after totally feeling it through you are able to let go. This tends to be more the case when it comes to feelings for grief and sorrow and sadness. That said....
6) Live in each moment. I am totally working on this and I am getting better at it. Enjoying the moment you are living makes it easier to forget about worries and stresses and know that everything is going to be alright.
I am sure that there are more but, at the time being these are the things that have been the big fixtures in my life and things that looking back make me realize I have grown. By no means have I mastered any of these "lessons" but, like I said along the way, I am working on it.
How about you? What lessons have you learned in this past year/month/week? What are things that, looking back, show growth, signifying to you that you have indeed gotten older?