Transitions occur when we go through a major change, or move from one life stage to the next. Up until last year my weekends were always full either with my girls, seeing friends, or visiting my Dad. Now my girls have their own lives with one living overseas, my friends are getting older and don’t travel as much. My Dad is no longer with us.
Fully aware that I am going through a transition period I decided I needed a project and I chose to plan a renovation for one side of my backyard. Although this garden gets the best sun of my whole yard, and it’s a reasonable size, it is a mess, it’s a place I rarely go to as it’s where I leave the bins and anything I don’t want, there is nothing attractive about it.
Reflecting on what makes me happy I decided to turn this area into an oasis, a place where I can sit in a comfy chair and read, one of my favourite things to do and a place to do my mosaics. I decided to paint my fences and use them to display some of my projects. What started as a way to fill a void has turned into a project I am passionate about and one that might take a couple of years, I have a lot of mosaic art I want to create.
In years gone by, when there was a void in my life, I would most likely have felt despondent for a while, or I would have sought to fill that void with people. Understanding myself and what makes me happy has enabled me to turn what could have been a challenging time into something exciting.
Now while I would like more people, who live in my area to socialise with, I am content to do something I love by myself because I know that if I continue to be the person I aspire to be, then whatever I need will come into my life.
Transitions are a normal part of the fabric of life. They are a time to develop new skills, move through old fears and reassess who we want to be and what we went to do with our lives. They are also opportunities to create what we have always wanted. Just because we get older doesn’t mean there isn’t something to do with our lives, as long as we are breathing we have a purpose.
I want to leave behind me a legacy of love, wisdom and fun and I am so grateful for my business which allows me to do this. I also know that in giving as much as I do I need to refill my own tank, so choosing to fill my leisure time with activities and people who make me happy is vital.
Life transitions occur for all of us and the way in which we move from one stage in life to the next is determined by the way we live on a daily basis. One of the most important choices we can make is to be happy every day. Life won’t always go to plan and sometimes we are challenged, but when we make the choice to be happy regardless of what is happening in life, we develop skills that enable us to navigate the rough patches with ease and grace.