“Life transitions are like trying to ride a bull at a rodeo. Everyone’s watching. You’re so scared you slightly pee yourself. If you can hold on for just eight seconds, it’s considered an outstanding accomplishment. And when you fall, it’s going to hurt like hell.” – Paul Angone, All Groan Up: Searching For Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job!
We talk about life transitions like they’re so simple. So light and breezy.
I’m just going through a bit of a transition.
No big deal, right?
Life transitions are a huge deal and sometimes the toughest seasons of life to go through.
Transitions come at us in many different forms, and most of the time, when we least expect it.
You show up one day to work and you’re laid off.
You call your girlfriend and she says those four dreaded words — “We need to talk.”
A birth. A death. College graduation. Someone gets sick. Someone moves. You move. Your sanity moves.
Transitions can come like a punch in the gut when you’re looking the other way.
Or the transition is more gradual and less glaring. Every day “the way it’s always been” slowly begins to change and you are forced to change with it.
In every major transition you’re not only breaking up with a season of your life; you’re breaking up with a version of yourself.
Life in your 20s can especially feel like one perpetual transition. You have no idea where you’re going, yet you’re sure you can’t stay here.
As I write in All Groan Up, as I struggled through the long, drawn-out transition of my 20s – “There was blank white walls in front of me, begging me to paint. But I didn’t know what to create and I was too afraid to pick up the brush.”
Why are life transitions so hard?
More importantly, how do we not just survive major transitions, but thrive during the process.
Maybe transitions aren’t something to fly through, but something to marinate in.
Don’t just make it through a transition–make the transition matter.
Transitions are not simply a bridge to the next important season of your life. Transitions are the most important seasons of your life.
There’s something of strange significance that happens to us when we’re stripped of everything we used to depend on.
That’s what I talk through today at more length on top of the mountains in today’s video here. Watch to hear more encouragement from me on not only making it through transitions, but making them matter.
Also you’ll get the extra bonus of hearing my incredible English accent. And my one in a million trick spit-shot I pulled off in the middle of the video.