Prompt for December 31: Core story. What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.)
I cannot believe I made it through the entire month and answered every Reverb 10 prompt. I thought I would run out of steam. But, it turns out that writing begets writing – the more I wrote, the more I could write. Plus, the prompts were pretty awesome. Anyway, on to the last day of Reverb 10…
I lived through a series of eventful years. My friend, Marie, remarked that every summer since 2006, Dan and I underwent a major transition. We graduated from U.Va the summer of 2006, got engaged the summer of 2007, married the summer of 2008, bought a house the summer of 2009, and had a baby the summer of 2010. Lo and behold, she is right. And I am ready to put a stop to Major Life Transitions right about now.
But I also think that the idea of constant evolution is my core story. As my Reverb 10 posts showed, much of 2010 was an evolution – both physically, emotionally, and mentally. I had a job and quit a job. My body transformed before my eyes into a baby-carrying vessel. A family of two became a family of three. Plans were made and plans were discarded. We thought we would parent one way and ended up changing courses.
Ebb and flow. Change.
As much as I love life changes and seem to have been a master of major life transitions, until this year, I did not savor them as much as I could have. Always looking a couple steps ahead, I wish I had taken more time to appreciate whatever season of life I found myself in. But, I believe it is never too late to begin again or re-route. And Kate’s birth in 2010 forced me to take the time to witness the Here and Now.
A varied life is good. And sometime change for change’s sake is good. But capturing the time is equally important. So while I know I will be who I have always been – a future-focused life transition maker – I can also work on being the rememberer of This Moment.