If we define ourselves in terms of how we spend our time, I have been: a college student, a department store buyer, a music store owner, a real estate investor, rehabber and Realtor, and now a want-to-be artist and writer.
If we describe ouselves in terms of where we have lived, for me that would be the amazing blue hills of East Tennessee or the tropical sanctuary of Key West. I lost count with over a dozen residence changes since college days.
No matter how we define ourselves, whether by address or occupation, it is certain that life is not static and change happens. Whether we change jobs, move to a new home, suffer some great loss like the death of a family member or friend, retire, start anything new or give up a bad habit, we have all had the feeling of starting from the beginning.
For me just now, a new life cycle began with the death of my father. We were close and the past seven months since his passing have been some of the most difficult days of my life. I can’t help thinking in terms of B.D.D. or A.D.D., which is before Dad’s death or after Dad’s death. I was a different person B.D.D. A person that had never experienced the gut wrenching pain of loss. I know for me it represents one of those starting over moments. Starting over without Dad.
B.D.D. I could call on my father’s wisdom anytime I wanted, A.D.D. I can only guess how he would advise me. B.D.D. I thought he would be around forever, A.D.D. I know none of us will be. It’s a hard pill to swallow.
And now as a card carrying blogger, I wonder about the starting over experiences of others. Let me know about your starting over experiences. Hope to update often. Thanks for visiting and warm wishes to all.
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