I woke up at 4:44 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep. I am in the middle of a transition. A change in my life. I was thinking a great deal about this change and what it means to me. But this got me to thinking about transitions in general.
What is a transition? To me, it is the movement from one place to another. It doesn’t have to be a physical move, it can be emotional shift or a change of thought process. I think transitions are when you change from one state to another. For example: the changing of a job, going to school or back to school, ending or beginning a relationship, a change in a relationship (from child to care-giver), etc. A transition may be a positive, negative or even neutral experience. It is simply about change. It is like going through a door……..from something that you know and understand into something different.
“There are things you know about, and things you don’t, the known and the unknown, and in between are the doors…….” -Ray Manzarek & Jim Morrison, 1967 Newsweek magazine
Transitions can be scary. They can be painful and they can be joyous. A transition can be all of those emotions and half a dozen more. It may be that you are letting go. It may be acceptance. A transition may be letting go and accepting that you are letting go.
In these nebulous areas of transition it is important to remember that some of the most interesting things happen at these times. It is in these moments of in-between where we are the most open and accepting of what is to come. I know, this is a vulnerable place to be. But if we just allow ourselves the opportunity to feel through these moments, when we go through that door, we will be prepared for anything.