Have you ever found yourself onboard a train; and before you knew it, every seat was occupied except for that backwards-facing bench at the front? So frustrating! This seems to happen to me quite often. I think I’m not aggressive enough trying to get a seat on public transportation. I don’t know about you, but sitting backwards for an extended length of time makes me nauseous. It ruins my commute when I have to spend more than one or two stops moving backwards. I would much rather spend my time facing forward.
At this point, you’re probably thinking... “Jordan, what the heck are you talking about?” Well, this is my attempt to use my public transportation woes as a metaphor for perspective while heading towards the future instead of constantly looking backwards. It will make you baffled if you stay there for too long ~ you should be looking ahead!
Time is always moving forward, and we are advancing with the times. As I brace myself for a new year for the books, I find myself cautiously hopeful. We'll never know what the future can bring, but we can prepare ourselves to move on and adjust our expectations.
I want things to “go back to normal” ~ but I also want to be prepared if they don’t:
It’s important to be realistic. I want so badly to go to a concert one day again... and to hug my parents... and to not get incredibly stressed out having to share an elevator with a stranger. One day, we’ll get there! Hopefully, we’ll get there soon! But I know there are potential delays we may not be able to see now.
We’ve adjusted our lives so well over the past few months. I know we can hang on a bit longer like this. And if we’re prepared to keep living this way, it will be even more rewarding when it’s finally over!
I want to hit the ground running:
I’ve gotten into a groove over the past few months. We typically see December 31st/January 1st as the stop/start point in our lives. In reality, it’s just another normal day... the same as the last. Don’t lose that momentum you’ve accumulated because you see this as a big, static transition. Keep doing you!
I want to continue to grow:
As we approach the “New Year’s Resolutions” Season, my number one goal for the year is to continue to grow as a person. I feel that I’ve learned so much about myself over the past year - I want to continue that into the future.
I want to say goodbye to the past:
When we prepare to move into the unknown, it’s important to fully say goodbye to our past. Of course, we will take what we want and what we need from our pasts; but we can’t let that weigh us down. By fully saying goodbye to the past year, you can enter the new year with a fresh start... as a blank canvas.
I want to have an open mind:
At the end of the day, we will never be able to guess what the future can bring to us. If you make too much of a plan, you can find yourself disappointed or upset when things don’t go your way. It’s important to stay open to the possibilities so that you can take things as they come.
At the end of the day (or at the end of my bus line... to circle back to my opening metaphor), I want to look at the future for what it is ~ a beautiful mystery full of surprises for me. I am hopeful for the future. Knowing that whatever the universe throws at me, I will be able to handle it with grace and strength.
Well, here’s my stop!
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Written by Jordan McAndrew