Such a powerful phrase that is eerily true for every situation. Everything must have an end, a finish. Everything has an end, but it also provides an opportunity for something different, perhaps something better. Every day ends, but is followed by a brand new one. Every end has a chance to change, a chance to get it right. Every season comes to an end, but brings a new season of change. Just like the seasons, people change. People who were once the closest people in your world, can become strangers over time. People change, and sometimes we are not part of the process. Sometimes we need to just accept it and move on. Letting go and moving on does not mean you are giving up, it means you are accepting that things that cannot be the way you want or need them to be. I may not be the person I once was, but I am who I am today because of my reactions to changes.
This past week presented several opportunities of change for me. My grandparents house, which has been on the market for nearly two years since my grandfather passed, sold. Walking through the empty house that was once filled with such happy memories was bittersweet. Memories that included my mother and my grandparents, who are all no longer with us. Remembering times of being young and carefree, playing wiffle ball with all of my cousins in the yard, playing board games where winning or losing was the biggest problem in our young lives. Not knowing that in time, we would all grow up and these memories may be all we have left, that not all of us would be here to continue making these memories. Everyone has changed, we have all grown up and our lives have all been impacted by various situations through the years, like the loss of my mother and grandparents. But we all have the memories, memories that were created in this house, but are not stored here. We are able to all walk away with a piece of this house, the stories, the laughter, and the tears that were started here. A house is merely a piece of construction, the real foundation is the times, both good and bad that were made here and will live in all of our hearts forever.
Change is inevitable, it will happen whether or not we are ready for it. But if things never changed, there would be no butterflies. So embrace the changes in your life and hold onto what you have and welcome what will come from it. Looking and moving forward to all of the new and exciting changes that are right around the corner.