Change...Only for the Better
It’s still March. March is a month of change. We move from the days of winter into the sunshine of spring. Though my grass here in Ohio is already emerald green and daffodils are blooming, I know the weather is fickle. It can pour down snow as easily as rain any given moment. It can be overcast or sunny. We have a saying in my neck of the woods:
“If you don’t like the weather, give it a minute.”
That’s the tough part about those moments in our lives when we are transitioning from one reality to another. Dealing with unexpected change.
Someone gets a new job and the whole family moves. Children have to make new friends and attend new schools. Parents have to find their way in a new community and build new relationships.
I’ve faced many of those changes in my life. Some were made by choice; others by circumstance.
I am in the midst of a change of choice. In a couple of weeks, I’ll marry Michael Tyler.
I embrace the newness of the relationship.
Mike and I both lost the spouses of our youth. We’ve both made our way through years of “forging ahead.” We’ve both enjoyed the support our families have given us through these years.
Soon we will join hands, take vows, and establish our own home. We are both retired and look forward to new adventures. Some call it “doing life” together. And trust me, “doing life” with someone you love and someone who loves you back, is something to be treasured.
So yes, the relationship is new. The adventures we will have together will be exciting and new. But the best part isn’t the newness of it all.
The best part is the sharing life’s good and bad. And though we feel young, I look forward to us growing old together. A major change in life is easier when you know there is someone who has your back.
Mike demonstrating his care...
Trusting each other.
Caring about each other.
Serving one another.
Isn’t that what a shared life is all about?
And all that green grass and those beautiful daffodils? Those are simple reminders that even in our darkest times, the best is yet to come.