If there is one thing I’ve come to really realise this year, it’s that life is constantly changing. I used to think of life as having chapters that would change seamlessly into the next at the catalyst of a big life alteration.
Like when I graduated high school and entered the ‘real’ world, and then again when I walked out of the cafe for the last time as a waitress to start my career as a nurse. And then of course once more when my friend died and almost everything changed.
I used to think that those kind of moments were the distinctive page turns into new chapters of my life, because they were all so large and significant events. But I now have come to realise that sometimes life chapters change subtly, without warning and without a big moment.
This year my life has changed, and I didn’t really realise it until now.
I had spent this morning organising a few things before my Mr. woke from his everlasting slumber to take me out to our usual Tuesday breakfast date. In a moment of nostalgia, I had decided to look back through some of my posts from earlier this year.
As a person, I haven’t changed a great deal. Still determined as ever to make a difference, finding various adventures to get lost upon and new hobbies to take up. Even my surroundings haven’t. I still live in the same place and travel for the most part, to the same places. Instead, it’s the people around me that have changed. And most surprisingly it’s been some of the people I counted on to always be there, who have undoubtedly left in pursuit of a life that no longer includes me.
And when I look back, there was no big moment that these people walked out of my life. There wasn’t a huge fight, or a dramatic parting. No one moved overseas or passed away. We just drifted, for whatever reason. And now it seems so odd to finish this year without them, or even that my life in it’s new chapter doesn’t include them.
I suppose in hindsight, I subconciously knew it was happening at the time. It that’s surging ache in your heart for no longer being the person they turned to for advice or even a pick-me-up mid-week. And when I really sink my teeth into it, I’ve been putting off letting go of that chapter for a long time now. Angry in the idea of even having to accept that my life will never quite go back to being like that. Fearful to so conclusively close the prior chapter of my life.
But without doing that, I can’t keep writing my own story. And more importantly, it isn’t healthy to carry around that hurt and fear anymore, and it’s exhausting to hope something will return to it’s humble beginnings. I have to let go.
This new chapter includes new friendships, and new weekly traditions. And I absolutely love it for what it is. I’ve also come to realise that my Mr. has been my best friend the whole way through, and that while I lost a few close friends this year, I’ve never once lost him. And really, at the end of the day – that’s all I could ever really need.
I may not have the people in my life that I once used to, but there’s reasons for that, even if I don’t entirely know them right now. So I’m conclusively closing that chapter and choose to look back at it with a fondness for the memories it holds.
I didn’t see it coming, but it’s here. This is the new chapter. It’s wasn’t a life changing moment that catapulted me into it and I’m not even sure yet what this new chapter will be about, but everything from here is shaped differently now because the people around me are different. And I’m okay with that.