A sign of change.
Have you ever notice how things seem to fall apart or seemingly get worse right before a change? Or has it ever come across your mind how situations can look horrible right before you see the beauty in them?
As the seasons change, (especially from winter to spring), it gets super cold, trees look bald, and bad weather often reaps havoc over parts of the world. But then there's a change: the sun begins to appear again, leaves start to cover tree branches, flowers start to bloom, and grass begins to grow. A beauty to behold! Our bodies change with age. A lot of times, during season changes, our hair and skin will begin to shed. But with proper care and maintenance, what grows behind the shedding is usually stronger, healthier, and more beautiful! And I don't even have to tell you what happens when we start to shed unwanted and unhealthy weight!
But what about a shedding season in life? What does that look like? Have you ever experienced a job/career shedding? A time where that job you once loved and enjoyed now literally makes you sick. Some have suddenly been uprooted from family homes and had to move unexpectedly. Have you been through a shedding season that caused you to lose family/friends; a time where people you loved (and thought loved you) just started falling out with you, disappearing, or just moving funny? These are all examples of shedding.
I was speaking with a friend the other day and we were discussing shedding seasons. I'm currently in one now. It's weird. It doesn't feel good. And to be honest, it down right hurts. It's also scary because I don't know where this shedding season is taking me. But I have to remain confident that the other side is going to be better and brighter than what I can ever hope for.
The older I get, I am trying to embrace my shedding seasons and learn from each and every one. Instead of getting angry and disappointed (which I still do sometimes) I need to take a step back and try to find the silver lining in all that is going on around me. Just in the past two weeks I have learned falling outs with people you love are sure to happen. Some will be resolved and some won't. But I can't let that stop me from loving those that still love me. I'm learning that mental health is far more important than any job. Jobs come and go but your sanity needs to remain in tact. I'm learning to pay attention to warning signals. No matter how bad you want to ignore them, they are there for a reason. Act accordingly to prevent hurt, pain, anger, and/or heart break.
Are you going through a shedding season? Sit back and try your very best to learn from it and embrace it. Relax and be reassured that there is something beautiful on the other side.