Life is all about changes. Nothing stays the same for long. But change is hard - even good change - and there's a part of us that wants to fight it. No one likes the struggle that comes with transitions.
I'm in a transition period myself. A few days ago, I mailed in my application packet for my dental hygiene license. I've graduated. I've passed both my regional and national tests. It's a done deal, except for a little paperwork and red tape. In a few weeks, I'll get my license in the mail, and I will officially be an RDH. For the first time in my life, I will have a career, not just a part-time job. I can't wait to start this new phase in my life.
But I'm not quite there yet. Technically, anyway. I can't touch a patient until I get my license. I'm still working my office job until my license comes in. In a few weeks, everything will change - but for now, I'm caught somewhere in between.
I've also reached a transition period with my writing. I can now spend more time focusing on writing. I have ideas for magazine articles, blog posts, stories, and more, and I'm working on creating a schedule and trying to sit down daily to write. I'm trying to move writing from something I do for fun to something I take seriously. It's my dream, it's what I love, but it, too, requires a transition.
I have to admit, this whole process of change hasn't been as easy as I thought it would be. I imagined that once I finished school, I would easily slip into a calm, "normal" life where balance came naturally. How could it not after having such a huge load taken off my plate? What I found instead were all the things I pushed aside to get through school now clamoring for my attention - fitness, ministry, home projects, and more. Finding a workable schedule and sticking with it has proved to be a challenge, one that I'm still working on.
So what do you do when you're in-between two realities, moving from old to new? You stay faithful. You keep working hard. I'm still working at my job at an insurance office. I'm slowly working on my home, catching up on all the things I didn't have time to do during college, planning so that hopefully things will run smoothly once I start my new job. I'm working my way into a new fitness routine and slowly changing my eating habits. I'm jotting down ideas and developing them slowly, working from my laptop and my new iPad mini to create blog posts and articles. I'm emailing my critique group and my writers group for feedback and advice. I'm keeping an ear out for job openings and professional connections. I'm trying to weave what seems to be a thousand little pieces of my life into something that works.
Change is natural and normal, but it's not easy. I'm growing - and I'm having some growing pains to prove it. My life is morphing into something new and better. For now, though, I'm hanging on through the transition.