I love this time of year because not only does the end of the calendar bring a natural time for reflection, but it is also my birthday, and turning another year older brings introspection, too. December is when I have my longest vacation of the school year, too, so it is my re-charge time, and with recharging brings thinking.
This year, I reflect on the major life change I made – moving 1,000 miles away from where I was born and raised and then returned to later to raise my children for the last 12 years. That move was prompted due to another leap I took – starting a new job. I am so proud that my family supported me in these changes and that my immediate family unit of 4 was willing to go on this adventure, too. I have always admired people that evaluated their lives and made necessary – often big – changes to better themselves. It was time for me to become one of them.
Now, moving halfway across the country to an area where you have no ties and no familiar faces is risky, but it wasn’t like we left the country…or even our old time zone. Still, I hope my kids look back on this and know that they can also make major life changes whenever they wish – that it is never too late to live the life you want to live. I hope they will take risks. I hope they will travel and move away and not be afraid to meet new people and try new things. I hope they will also understand the value of surrounding themselves with people who encourage and support them to do these things. If they marry, I hope they choose partners who will share their adventures with them.