Everything Changes

Change is inevitable.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ” – George Bernard Shaw

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E. Frankl

Today marks a significant change for me and my household. My oldest daughter is returning home from college. I’ve been working on a remodel project, learning a new job, adjusting to life without an internet connection which hopefully will be resolved soon, and learning to adapt to an ever-changing course.

This is not the course I had envisioned.  This is not the direction that I saw in my daughter’s future.  She has decided not to return to college with only one year to go to obtain her BFA. She’s 21, her student loans will come due in six months, and she has essentially moved her timeline forward a year without the benefit of the degree.

I know,   you don’t have to have a degree to succeed. I’m working in an area that is not what my degree is in. I get it.  Having a grown child move back in after they have experienced living alone is . . . an adventure.

There will be much adapting and changing on everyone’s part. Parenting is hard.  It never seems to get easier,  just different.  We practice persistence and we ge through. This is reality. Life throws you curve balls – Adjust your swing.

Like I said, this isn’t the plan I had envisioned for her future. The best stories are those with unexpected twists. I know this one will be good. It just seems a little rough right now. Meanwhile, we’ve been working like crazy to  build my office and get my stuff out of her room. I had a shared space with her since she was gone  9 months out of the year. Today is the day that everything changes.

Glad to have her home where I know she is safe. I know this isn’t about writing but in a way it is. All aspects of our lives are interconnected. The issues of life in one area spill over into the next and the next  and eventually they are all tinged by the first.  You can’t go through life with a flat tire, so we have to make certain they are balanced.

Life is an ever-changing canvas. “We adapt, we overcome, we improvise.” 

then we hit the road running.

‘Til next time

Ellie

 

 

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