We’ve all been there. At some point in our lives, we’ve lost something good. Whether it was a relationship, a job, or an experience, letting go is never easy. I recently realized something that changed my perspective. I hope this idea resonates with you.
My husband, Jer, and I recently wrapped up a two-week camping trip where we spent half of our time in the Superior National Forest and the other half on Lake Superior’s North Shore. This area of Minnesota is very special to Jer and I. We first visited this area the year we were married and that trip sparked an obsession with exploring this magical place. It’s a place full of memories and a place that renews our souls.
During the last leg of our trip, we enjoyed a gorgeous campsite overlooking the greatest of the Great Lakes. As we broke down camp, I was overcome with sadness. I couldn’t bear to leave this beautiful place.
My sadness confused me. I enjoy my life and am grateful for all that we have experienced. We have been very intentional about creating this life and it gets better each year. Am I not grateful enough? Why was I feeling like this?
Not long ago, a vacation coming to an end meant something very different. I thought about our last trip before I left the corporate world. Three nights before we were scheduled to leave, I began having terrible nightmares about work. I actually looked for an apartment and told Jer I wasn’t going home.
That’s not the case anymore. We both enjoy each day and love what we do. We even spend time working while on vacation. I struggled to understand why this was so hard.
In an effort to console myself, I thought about the Dr. Seuss quote, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” That didn’t help. So I shared my feelings with Jer. We discussed why I felt conflicted, what would make it easier, and what’s next. We discussed our long-term dreams and plans.
Then it hit me. There’s so much more that we want to see and do. And the next adventure can’t begin until this one comes to an end. I thought about all of the things in my life that ended and the possibilities they made room for.
That’s exactly what happened. On our somewhat somber drive down the majestic shoreline, we happened upon a newly reopened black beach we had never been to before. It was beautiful and a special experience for us both. We would not have found this place had we not let our adventure come to an end.
The next time you’re faced with a good thing ending, “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dream about the new adventures that are waiting to begin. On your journey to freedom, sometimes you must let go of a good thing to make room for something great. Take risks, take action, venture into the unknown.
When have you had something great come to an end, later to find that it was making room for something better?
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