Sometimes things happen to mark a change of phase in your life – like moving house, getting married, changing job, completing a big challenge you’ve worked for for a long time.
Sometimes, the change is less obvious, and suddenly it occurs to you one day that things are different. I wrote a post a couple of years ago about a paradigm shift, the moment I realised I’d left some things behind and moved forward.
Recently there has been another one. This has mostly come about as a result of endings.
For the first time in a few years, I put on a harp concert that was really successful. I handed my notice in and left a job I had been desperately unhappy in for a long time. I successfully completed the Highland Fling, ending months of uncertainty and worry as to whether I was fit enough and strong enough to do it. I saw the ghost of a relationship long past while coming down one of my favourite hills during the race. A dear friend who saw me through a difficult time in my life rang me up out of the blue, and reminded me how bad things were then and how far I had come since.
I’ve been thinking for a little while that it perhaps it might be time for a new blog. I couldn’t put my finger on why, or what was wrong with the old one (nothing really), I just felt it was time.
This blog started when I was moving away from a very unhappy stage of my life. Although I was moving forwards, I always felt I had to be looking back and comparing where I had come from. I heard myself saying “when this happened in (year xxxx)…” or “because of (x thing in the past)” a lot, and not always in a positive way.
Now, while there will always be bad things that happen, it’s time to move on again and start another phase. There’s never enough time to fit in all the things I want to do, but at the moment I feel as though I know what’s really important to me, and what can be cast aside, or just put away for another time.
I feel quite focused, energised, and able to stop myself being dragged under by the more negative or less constructive things that are part of life.
A quote has been niggling at me for a while, taken from this wonderful post on one of my favourite websites.
How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you’ll join me at my new ‘home’ :