What’s On The Other Side?
How would you like to take a flying leap into the unknown and create a new life for yourself? When I stumbled across this scene on a walk in the country I started to let my imagination run wild. It felt like an autumnal version of Narnia with the bridge being my cupboard. This mystical covered bridge was captivating.
If I were to walk across that bridge, underneath and through the covered part, and certain things in my life were to magically change…..what would that look like?
For the vast majority of people the past couple of years have made us adapt to life in ways we had never expected. Often in ways that seemed inconceivable just three years ago. When I saw that covered bridge I wondered what would I CHOOSE to change about my life going forward? How could I integrate my love of photography into my work? Would I like to cut back on my coaching hours, set aside a day a week and write a book? I’ve always wanted to do that. Am I happy always working from home, or would I like an office elsewhere for a few days a week? How about taking some of my savings and deciding to invest in an adventure for a whole month? (Oooh… I could start writing my book from some seaside cottage 🙂 And think of the opportunity for photos!).
There is space to ask these questions now, in a way I hadn’t really felt as strongly before. I don’t have the answers. Yet. And when I ask them others pop up. But it feels wonderfully liberating. Also, this seems like the perfect time to dream, and still have the space to plan.
I invite you to pause and ask yourself:
Close your eyes, and imagine how you might like to re-shape your life? What would you leave out? What would you invite in?
Are you loving your work? Are your core relationships nourishing you? How about your creative side; is that getting some room to come out and play. Speaking of play, when is the last time you got to play like a child?
Is there something you would like to let go of? A way of doing things, or physical stuff. Or perhaps it’s a story you keep telling yourself about your past and now would be a wonderful time to create a new one.
I ask you these things not to put pressure on you. Perhaps your life strikes the perfect balance for you right now. However, if it doesn’t I suggest you don’t wait until New Years Eve to write out your intentions (does that EVER work?).
Now is the time when the air is getting cooler, there is a wonderful sense of cocooning. It is a sort of ‘between seasons’ moment when you can find time to read, reflect, dream while curled up on a sofa.
The leaves have fallen. Now they’re starting their journey toward creating new life as they decompose into rich soil over the course of winter. What is your vision for 6 months time? Take some time to dream about it as the seasons change. Build a picture of it in your head. If you were to walk over that bridge right now into spring, and all the changes you dreamt about had magically happened, what would your life look like?