A transitional period means a lot of a change. But change is good, right? I’ve come to find out that overall, yes. But there are times when change is frustrating. Our schedules are changing, our routines are whack, we’re meeting new people, some of which make us want to roll our eyes, and others which make us realize that it is the beginning of a great relationship.
We come home every night with different emotions. There are nights when we are so happy for the new period in our lives, because we feel like we’re making a difference in people’s lives, if we just started a new job that reaches out to the community, or we have met people that make us feel a certain way that is good. But then there are nights that we come home feeling frustrated, sad, even mad, because we don’t know yet what we’re doing, we’re still learning the routine, or we may be coming to terms that this change we’re growing into may not be for us, be it a job, relationship, school, new home., etc.
So what do we do?
Change is inevitable. We grow, mature, and inevitably change as a person. Because we change as people, transitional periods, and change itself is part of our lives. Our perception of the world when we were six years old was different when we turned 16, and different again when we turned 26. So we come to terms that this transitional period will come to end, because it will. It always has. The summer between middle school and high school came to an end, as did the one between high school and college. The first year at your first “adult” job, where you were paid decently enough to pay your rent, buy your own groceries, and pay for your own drinks when you went out with friends came to end, did it not? And you made it.
How do I make this time in my life easier?
Like I said in the beginning of my post, transitional periods are frustrating. So how can I make this less frustrating? Know that we are meant to be here at this moment in time. We made the decisions that led us to this point, and don’t regret making them! I’ve learned that staying firm with the decisions I’ve made led to accomplishments. When I’ve regretted my decisions, I’ve only felt burdened. I’ve come in touch with my emotions enough to learn that at the end of the day, these periods of frustration are only temporary. I’ve learned that my mind is strong, and can overcome whatever matter. Tuning in with my emotions, and learning that frustration is not a weakness, but a normal, human emotion that can be overcome, made me a stronger, more confident being. Learning that lesson was not easy, because I went through a lot of sleepless nights, thinking about my relationships with others, my new home, my transitional period of life in general, and I overcame that, and continue to do so by saying to myself, “yes, there are several events in my life right now that are making me feel extremely frustrated, but I will not back down.” This mentality has made all the difference.