The leaves are starting to turn, seasons are beginning to change. Around this time a year ago I started this blog with a post titled “Change is Required”, and oh boy, was I right. Change was required in my own life in deep, profound, and unexpected ways.
Several months ago I was walking down a trail in the park. I was walking a loop, but I was on a schedule as I had a client later that afternoon. As I walked, to my left was a smaller trail I hadn’t ever been on. Seeing as I had a client and not a lot of wiggle room in my day, but I was curious about where that trail went and what I would find, I continued on my walk, but made a mental note to come back to that trail another day.
As I continued on my way, I was reflecting on this past year in my life. As I’ve moved through this really strange and pivotal year in my own life, the word that keeps coming back to me over and over again is curiosity. Curiosity about what life might look like in the future, about how it might feel, about what might change and what might stay the same. Curiosity.
My dear friends, can we move through our lives with a little more curiosity? Can we face inevitable change with less judgement and with a genuine curiosity about what comes next, about how it might feel and what it might look like?
I can’t say this year has been easy for me. There have been plenty of times of pain, doubt, despair, anxiety, fear...I would be lying if I said I hadn’t experienced those emotions or that I don’t continue to struggle with them at times...but one thing that hasn’t changed throughout is my curiosity about what comes next…and I genuinely think that curiosity has allowed me to explore this year of deep, profound and unexpected change in my own life in a more full and beautiful way. And it has been beautiful, deeply meaningful, and profoundly needed...this year where change was, in fact, required.
My dear friends, thank you for taking this journey of curiosity with me this past year. I cannot tell you how important it has been for me to take this journey, I cannot tell you how important it has been to show up and write to you each week, and I am so grateful you’ve been on this journey with me. I hope, as I have, you too can find a little more curiosity in your own life.
I am so very grateful for you.