“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
I have read a lot of quotes recently about change, but none as meaningful as the one above by Maya Angelou. I love this new, scary state of transition I’m presently residing in. I can’t remember the last time I took a backseat and allowed fate to take the wheel. For the past six years, my life has been a series of predictable events, rituals, and routines: Leap out of bed because I overslept. Slip on clothing that is not out of the hamper and somewhat presentable. Gather the ‘fro underneath a cap and sprint to the Path train while buttoning my coat. Squeeze in by the doors and adjust the volume on my iPod. Grab coffee at Dunkin. Greet the men at the front desk and wait an ungodly amount of time for the elevator. Work a rather unremarkable/unmemorable 8+ hour shift. Go home. Eat dinner. Blog if I have energy. Catch up on emails. Sleep. Repeat.
Of course there were happy hours, fun events, dinners in some of the best restaurants Manhattan has to offer, and Bikram classes all mixed in, but for the most part, my life was on autopilot…something was missing.
When you have a schedule like that, you don’t always see in color or notice the things that separate Manhattan from the rest of the world. Now that my time with this great city is coming to an end, I’m learning to appreciate the little things once more and all over again. In my final weeks, I look forward to eating in all of my favorite lunch spots, making more dinner/cocktail dates, and exploring some of the hidden nooks and crannies that have been kept a secret to me all these years.
Remaining in a situation that is not nurturing is unkind to the soul. Since I accepted an offer for a new job, my lust for life has returned and the world beyond has opened up to me once more. I can make good on a promise to frequent the movies, read more books, exercise and feed the mind, educate myself on all things social media, and take on some new hobbies. And of course see the friends I’m not always able due to scheduling conflicts.
Life can be beautiful, exciting, and adventurous if we just step onto a brand-new path every now and then.