If I were 22 again I would tell myself, “Life has so many graduations for you. Enjoy this one from University and know there will be many more ahead!” I would want to take the pressure, which I personally placed on my own shoulders, off – so I could enjoy all the moment had to offer.
And in a way I did. I graduated college and did what any young woman of 22 would do. I became a stand-up comic. Sure, that’s normal. Right?
“Life is only as hard as YOU make it!
Most of us experience transitions in life as singular events. Sometimes we choose them and sometimes we don’t. These events are designed to bring about a shift.
You are no longer a child so expecting CHANGE in a life well lived is at least prudent, and at best very wise. Let this be your only expectation though. Give up all the others.
And with this – know changes are NOT the end or the beginning of anything. They fit in the flow of our growing selves stepping up and out of our regular ways and becoming more of who we are meant to become. Trust the change. Allow it with as much ease as you can muster!
We move, we marry, people are born and they die. Mortality is a great teacher. It rises up most often in unexpected ways. Why is that? Why are we so surprised by death? Perhaps we are surprised by all death asks of us?
Oh… that is my story today. Let’s get back to that universal individual. That person who is equal parts confident, alienated and frightened. And at just age 22 is told, “You’re a man now. Yes – this means you too ladies! Go navigate this world as best you can.”
I am not sure my 22 year old self would have accepted this life lens through which I see things now. It was my path to not know this then. For 29 years life has slapped me about and held me mighty high at times. But I imagine I would have surfed life’s waves differently – with even more joy and excitement and with an even greater sense of wonder about what’s next – if I had only known.
Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…life is but a dream.
What does this song mean to you?
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