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Life's Ongoing Chapters

Updated on June 10, 2015

Life is a Series of Chapters

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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 Chapter

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.

Retiremen Chapter

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.

Chapters of your Life

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    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      I can certainly relate to this Hub. I've been through many chapters in my life, and God willing, I'll go through many more. Each one has its own problems and challenges.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      4 years ago from london

      Wonderful chapters, Carol.

      Interesting challenge, don't you think?

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great hub! So true-everything we do begins a new chapter and hopefully those chapters have joy in them at least somewhere along the way. I have written a hub along this same topic. Voted this up and shared!

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      5 years ago

      You phrased it so well by calling it the "chapters of our lives". We never know what the next page will lead to and I guess that is what makes life interesting and difficult too.

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      Rebecca Furtado 

      5 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Just a blonde after thought . The appeal of this hub is the use of the metaphor of a book, not some digital summary that quickly read and forgot. When we read a good book, we slow down. Now I have been known to finish a large novel in one sitting; but the joy of reading is revisiting the chapters later and finding something new.

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      shruti sheshadri 

      5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      I love your thinking! what a great way to look at life! well done carol :)

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes those chapters of life!!!I loved this one carol and voted up as always.

      A great read and here's wishing you a wonderful day.


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      Rebecca Furtado 

      5 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      My life is an old dime store novel .. written by someone who is always


      . Someday I will be a coherent adult , but that will be in the nursing home chapter of my

    • rdsparrowriter profile image


      5 years ago

      Interesting and great to know about this. I'd love to go to a new chapter in my life :) Voted up and God bless you!

    • anglnwu profile image


      5 years ago

      Every chapter brings interesting challenges. I, for one, do not like changes but I realize that changes make us grow. You've covered every aspect of major changes. Great hub and rated up.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi carol, yes you are so right, its only when we look back do we realise how many we actually have, some are good chapters others bad, and I would like to add that I would love to be on a boat right now in the sunshine! lol!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Lovely write Carol--we all move through and move on--sometimes easily, sometimes haltingly!

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      Connie Smith 

      5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Carol, I was just thinking to myself how much I would love to relive my childhood chapter in life. It was a very happy and carefree time. As you point out, each new chapter contains new challenges, experiences and memories--whether good or bad. It all adds up to the book of life, and each person is their own author.

      I absolutely loved this article, and I voted Up+

      ;) Pearl

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      we have all made mistakes and have had many challenges. That is what life is all about. No one gets through this life without being knocked around emotionally and mentally.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for this very thought provoking piece. I had had my us and downs from the time I was a kid until now. I wish I could have changed certain things, but I do love my life and I look forward to living each day to the fullest. Up and awesome.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      aviannovice: Yes indeed many twists and turns in life. We all experience this.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      I so agree with you ..things can happen out of control but what we do with them can be in control Thanks for votes and share.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Talebo80 Thanks for nice comments and newchapers are always an adventure one way or another.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Travel Man...I hope you get the chapters accomplished..the ones that are important to you. Thanks for stopping by and nice comments.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      mhatter99: What an interesting thought..Yes we are different people with new jobs, new friends and new schools in life..Amazing isn't it?

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That is a good way to look at life--chapters. There are so many twists and turns in this journey.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Love this write! I am jealous of you on your boat in the beautiful sunshine, and wish that could be a new chapter in my life. LOL Seriously, life certainly is a series of new chapters, and what we make of those chapters is our choice for the most part. There is a lot out of our control, but we can still make the choice to be happy no matter what chapter we are going through in our lives.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Excellent hub Carol! Indeed we all go through chapters in our life and some have more impact than others. Sometimes I have the feeling that I went through different lifes in my liftetime because the periods are so different but I love your qualification of "chapters"; it's an excellent definition!

      Enjoy the time on your boat; it must be quite relaxing! I hope you have good weather!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I love this terminology! Life changing events are chapters in the book of life. So true. I enjoyed reading this.

      Hubpages for me is a new chapter in life which I'm enjoying very much right now.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Taleb AlDris 

      5 years ago

      I think most of people get wiser as they experience more chapters.

      Thanks for sharing this thought.

      I voted Awesome.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Still, I have missing chapters in my life that I want to finish. I am accomplishing it one at a time and I hope that before I perish I'll be able to do it. But if God calls me to join Him, then it's His plan for me that will be fulfilled.

      Thank you, Ma'am Carol for giving me time to reflect, contemplate about what I did for the past years. There will be always a point to re-invent myself and go on with my life.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I was just reflecting the other day how many different people I've been.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Bill for thoughtful comments and dropping by. .Always good to see a supportive hubber as you.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've had plenty of chapters in my life Carol. But, I am always looking forward to the next new chapter. Sometimes the beauty of this is that we have no idea what this new chapter holds for us. While I thoroughly enjoy the chapter I am in now I am also eagerly looking forward to the next chapter. Great hub Carol, a lot to think about.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Pstraubie...Very nice and I love your comments and visit and votes

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Mrs. browns parlor...WOw thanks so much.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona nicely put...I love the analogy ...Thanks for stopping by and comments. and votes

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good afternoon Carol

      Your bottom line is so important. Enjoy each chapter as it unfolds. Life is too short to miss a moment. Voted up +++++

      Angels are on the way

      I hope you enjoyed your sailboat mini-chapter :) ps

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      Elias Zanetti 

      5 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Dear Carol, it seems as if you are dwelling on the boat of wisdom :) A very nice hub - well done! Voted up & Interesting!


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      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Great topic and well-done!! :-)

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      thanks bill..each chapter brings good and challenges...thanks for commenting... Always good to see you and glad you are loving your chapter...

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice to see you writing outside of the SEO confines. Very nice work, Carol. I love this new chapter of my life and I can hardly wait to watch it unfold. Life is good my friend.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      thank you teaches12345: I appreciate the visit and nice comments..As long as we have chapters we are alive.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I have been through most of the chapters mentioned here, all true! I remember the change of schools as being the most impressionable as a child, had to switch schools about eight times. Great post, Carol!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      You think so btrbell. How many hub chapters ...I see what you mean. You could also add several chapters...Life is not always easy but we must enjoy the good moments. thanks for votes and pin.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      thank you the raggededge: Yes our lives are a series of chapters,,,many we love and some not so good.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great job, Carol! So many chapters! So many more hubs you can write from this! Up++ and pinning, my friend!

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      Bev G 

      5 years ago from Wales, UK

      I have lots of completely separate chapters, in fact I think they were whole other books! Nicely done, Carol x

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      thanks DDE..Life is a series of events and each comes to pass. thanks for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have had so far a few chapters, and life overall is challenging, and all the changes one has to face can be stressful. Well pointed out out thanks for this hub.


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