Life’s Transitions; A Mother’s Perspective

If You Leave

Life is a series of beginnings and endings. Life moves too quickly. I spend most of my day wishing for 5:00, most of my week wishing for the weekend, and most of my year wishing for the next big thing; Summer, Christmas, or a vacation. It isn’t until I get to a big transition in my life that I realize how much time I has gone by wishing for the next big thing.

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This Spring, my oldest child will graduate from high school and go off to college. This Spring, my oldest child will graduate from high school and go off to college. No, that wasn’t a typo. I needed to say that again for my own sake.  Where has the time gone?  It seems like just yesterday, he was that 3rd grader who walked down the school hall with me, let go of my hand and said, “Mom, I can get to my class on my own.” Just last week, wasn’t he was a toddler learning how to walk? And just a month ago, it seems, I was going to college myself!

My goal this year, as I turn 50, as my first born child goes off to college, and as my parents age, is to not wish away life.  I’ll try to find one thing every day to enjoy about the important people in my life.  Enjoy the moment, because it all goes too soon.

Just a beginning

This is my first personal post, but not my first post.  I also have a professional page.  This is the blog that will help me not only be a better blogger, but I hope, a better person.  This is where I can create, grow, reflect, learn about myself, and learn how to share with others.  I am a pretty private person, so sharing my vulnerable side, my side that I don’t show outwardly, is going to be a journey.  This is why I call this blog, In For the Ride.  I’m in for a new ride, and it’s going to be a journey.

I am following the Zero to Hero blog to help me get started.  My goal is to post at least one per day.  They say that to learn blogging, you need to blog…here goes!

  • Why are you blogging, rather than keeping a personal journal?  Why blogging?  It is new to me, it can be shared, I can edit it, I can get ideas from others, I can get feedback, I can get confirmation.  If I were just to keep my thoughts to myself, how can I help people?  How can i become a better person if I don’t know what I need to change/do?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?  Right now, I have a counselor/work blog.  I am posting information about what I do as a counselor, seeing my school and the world through the eyes of a counselor, helping others to see a little of my perspective.  Maybe if others see things through the eyes of a counselor, more people would have compassion for each other, communication could improve, people could see the other’s perspective and have empathy. Ultimately, I would like my message to portray hope.  Hope in a world that is often self-centered, negative.  I can get overwhelmed with the lack of hope and negativity out there.  I want to choose to see the positive, hope.  I think it will improve my life and relationships and extend my life.  I would like to portray that message.
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?  Other people similar to me, have the same vision, drive to better ourselves through giving, kindness, sharing, learning new avenues to share, reflect, extend our lives, reduce stress, focus on the positive.  Probably other counselors, but just basically people in all walks of life who have similar values, or maybe not.  Maybe I can learn from those who have differing values.  Regardless of who it is, I would like to be able to take the time to reflect on those lessons, learn and grow from them.  And also possibly help others through this process of bettering our lives.
  • If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished?  Less stress, noticing more positives in life, an improvement of my communication skills, whether that is in print or face to face, being more thankful, grateful.