Life is full of transitions and some of us deal with these transitions as if they are ‘water off a duck’s back’ and yet for others these transitions can be the most terrifying moment that they have encountered yet. What is it that makes these people different from each other? Do economics, social class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality determine how people deal with the major transitions in life or does it go deeper? Do personality and character have a significant impact on the end result? The answer for some could be a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and for others it could be a complex answer full of more questions than answers. One thing is certain however, how YOU chose to manage those major transitions will be dependent on how YOU choose to approach the situation and how effectively YOU can manage your inner critic.
In a world where information is readily available at the fingertips and media images surround us at every turn there is certainly no shortage of answers or suggestions. Yet what may be true and right for one person may not be the perfect answer for another. Whether you’re an adult with heaps of experience or a student gearing up to exams, transition from one period of change to another is often a pivotal point that will determine the next chapter in your life which is why it is always helpful to remember that:
- The past does not define you – and yes, whilst all your experiences and all the people that you have met will have taught you something about yourself and are great for submitting CVs, it’s up to YOU to look for new experiences that feed your soul.
- What YOU choose to feed your soul will determine your outlook on life – unhappiness is the biggest clue to what is going on inside and yet due to circumstances it is often ignored in favour of practicalities and the comfort of what we already know.
- Just because you may be ready to let something go doesn’t always mean that the people around you are so it’s up to YOU to ensure that you maintain your motivation and boundaries.
How do YOU choose to end YOUR beginning?