Life's Ongoing Chapters
Life is a Series of Chapters
Our Lives --a Series of Chapters
Every once in a while I enjoy writing a hub that I don't think about views. SEO and other details that we worry about to get activity to our hubs. I am sitting here in California on our sailboat and enjoying my computer with Clear and knowing I will have unlimited internet access. I love working on the boat and checking out the water and occasionally feeling a gently roll here and there. I don't have to worry about housekeeping, cooking; and the biggest problem I have is going to capture the shower for a quick cleaning session.
I was thinking about life this morning and the different chapters we go through as we age. And for everyone the chapters vary in length of time and activity, and are filled with many different experiences.
What determines a new chapter:
- Moving to a new place
- Changing schools
- Graduating from school
- Starting a new job
- Changing professions
- Marriage (parents or yourself)
- Divorce (parents or yourself)
- An illness
- A death
- A change in your own body size
- A change in diet--vegan, vegetarian etc.
Every time we open a new chapter in our book in life there are enormous changes--our personality, our finances, our life styles and more. One major concept in life is that even if we stay in one house and try to avoid change--everything around us will change. Everyone experiences totally different time spans for each chapter in life.
I am going to jump around and write these changes as they come to mind.
Changing schools-Always a new chapter
This new chapter occurs when you go from grammar to high school as well as on to college or trade school. However if you are uprooted from your friends at an early age and go to a new school this alone will create a new chapter in your life. Adjustments occur from changing schools that can create changes in your personality and perspective on life. You will make totally new friends and have experiences that will lead you down new paths in life..
We moved to Beverly Hills when I was about 12 years old. I had a huge adjustment and went from straight As to struggle. I was unsophisticated and the new people were way ahead of me. This chapter in my life made me a totally different person--in so many ways. One big thing for my life is that I probably wouldn't be writing here today, as I would have taken a totally different path and created a different chapter in my life.
Going to High school and on to College
Many high school stars academically or sport wise often go into the chapter of college not being able to live up to the grand reputation they had in previously. New friends, uncertainty in life and many crossroads to deal with may make up this chapter. Financially there could be challenges. There may be plenty of money to send you to college and the family wealth could change which may force you get a job while going to school. This chapter can have many variables, and choices you make in college can influence your life for many years.
Marriage--if we choose marriage this creates a totally new chapter in life. We may move from our previous home whether it is with parents or an apartment with friends. Who we marry has a profound influence in our lives. It can be a determining factor in our prosperity, where we live and how we live. This decision of marriage--whether you are a male or female will change your entire perspective on life and open a new chapter,
Children-A major Chapter
Bringing children into the world is a huge new chapter. Our values change, our life patterns change and so does our attitude in life. We make a huge switch with major responsibility. We must take care of these little beings until they can fend for themselves and sometimes beyond. And not to mention we have a lifetime of worry and concern that a parent never loses.
Divorce-An Often Unwanted Chapter
Not everyone is going to face this chapter. However, with today's high divorce statistics it can happen. Families break up, economic security is threatened and all kinds of new choices and decisions emerge. The biggest change is that you often go from one family to two families.
Empty Nest Chapter
The kids are leaving. Major decisions are looming. You are more than likely not dealing with the daily tasks of taking care of kids. However, the worry is still there and you are always a parent.
Now may be the time to go back to who you were before starting your family. You may want to return to work, start a business, make a move or whatever you can or want to do.This can be an interesting chapter in your life if you realize the full potential value.
Changing Careers Chapter
Changing a career opens another chapter. Every time you take a new job or go back to school to learn a new trade your life is going into another chapter. Perhaps you have been discontent with your work, which include the pay or the hours you put in to your job. Or you just might be bored and want a change. After careful thinking and planning you have decided to make a change. This is a hugely challenging chapter for many reasons. There will be new work, new people and perhaps a major change in your attitude about life.
Time to retire. How is this chapter going to play out? This chapter varies from the empty nest chapter--as you may have been in that chapter for quite a while. Retirement can bring choices, freedom, new friends and a new place to live. Retirement can also bring kids returning home and added family responsibilities. You may turn a favorite hobby into a prosperous business during your retirement.
Other New Chapters
Please note there are many other chapters in life. Many things that happen to us will change our lives and create new chapters. There can be a total change in finances, health and kid ordeals. However the main chapters often encompass many of these things. So the bottom line is to enjoy each chapter as it will offer wonderful moments and challenging moments. Life is a short journey so work at enjoying each chapter and saying goodbye gracefully as each passes.
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