What makes us need or want to change who we are or the situation we are in?
What is it about extreme situations that bring the best OR worst out of us?
Its 2002, and I am moving out of my apartment and into my first condo. I was going to pay $601,000 and have never owned a piece of property.
I was comfortable in my apartment and in my life. But I felt it was time. So many people I knew were also taking the plunge so it just seemed like the right thing to do.
Some of the best and most challenging times in my life soon followed both personally, professionally and financially.
But here I am. Stronger. Wiser (I hope) and more prepared to fight the next battle.
I have been reflecting on this lately as one of my closest friends of 11 years and neighbor has sold his house and is moving back to Chicago. This change in my own circumstance is very painful as we have seen each other almost daily for these eleven years. Have been there for each other during the births of our children. The death of family. Personal pain and sacrifice. Good days. Great days. Tough days. But always together. Always having each other’s back.
I remember the first me I sold my condo and moved to my house. I had similar feelings. The loss of what was so comfortable. What I knew. The consistency. Familiar. The known.
As I mourn this loss (and it really is a loss), I have begun to think about every me in my life that I have done better. Been better. Felt better and performed better. One thing has always been consistent….. CHANGE.
We all have choices in life and demons to battle. I guess what makes us all stronger is how we fight those demons and how we come out of that bale on the other end.
While I feel tremendous anxiety and sadness that an end of an era is here, I recognize that with every ending starts a new beginning. The way I respond to this next challenge is how the next phase of THIS era will begin.