Sunday, June 2, 2013

Get in that Car

Sometimes, when I'm feeling anxious about the future
unsure of what comes next

I tell myself this:

"Dear Child,

Do you remember your first day of kindergarten? The fear? The what-if-they-don't-like-me? And then five minutes later, you made a friend, and all was well?

Do you remember going to high school? The big time? The supposed "best time of your life"? Feeling insecure and back to the bottom of the totem pole? And then you made it and had a pretty good time in the process?

Do you remember moving to Nebraska to go to college? "Nebraska?" they said. "Yes," you said. And you cried as your parents left you there at that dreaded dormitory and drove away? And then, you stayed for six years, met the man of your dreams, married him, graduated from college, and now you don't want to leave?

Change is always hard. We will always have fears about what we don't yet understand. But if history teaches us anything, it is this: what is hard at first, usually turns into something really beautiful.

Six years ago, you didn't know the people you now call friends. Some only came into your life a year or two ago. Time changes us. Experience changes us. Someday, you will likely look back on these years with nostalgia and contentment because there was still so much good to come.

You'll look back and think, "Wow, I was only 25 years-old when I felt that way. I had no idea all of these beautiful things in store."

So girl, even though it's hard, get in that car. Drive across the country. Start another adventure. Another chapter. You don't know a lot about what's on the other side, but I promise you, it will be worth it.