Over the past few months I've been contemplating a major transition in my life with bittersweet feelings about the change. As you know I'm all about personal growth but with growth also coming growing pains and with transition comes loss in order to gain. As I prepared myself and those around me about the potential change I was overwhelmed with emotion thinking about the end of a loved chapter in my life. And as I shared my feelings with a friend she gave me a glimpse into my legacy. She reminded me of my role in building the foundation, of adding structure and purpose to the things I would leave behind. She spoke of my dedication and passion for making it work and putting into things as much as I was expecting to pull out. She assured me that the fact that God was releasing me to move forward meant I had strengthen things enough that they could live on without me and she reminded me of how great it will feel to come back and stand proud as I witness the growth of what I had started. And I was comforted.
It's always hard to leave behind people, places, and things that have bring us joy. The friends you leave behind after graduation, the co-workers you will no longer see everyday when you switch jobs, and the family you depended on so much who will stay when you move away. We dread leaving these things behind, promise that we'll stay in touch, and try to continue what we've always done. But, reality says that when it's time for something to end it undoubtedly will and something new will begin. It's in these moments, like the comments in a yearbook, where you get a glimpse into how you'll be remembered; into the impact you had on the lives of those around you. And when you're fortunate enough to have these experiences, embrace them and grow knowing that you are building legacy each and every day.