I was talking with a friend recently about the challenge of personal transformation. That sounds too fancy – I really mean attempting to change habits or learn a new skill. The problem, I think, is that human nature loves comfort. We crave security and certainty and warmth and simplicity. It’s soooooo easy to just stay where we are, and so much harder to stretch ourselves into something new or different.
There is a magical thing that happens when you live through a few decades, if you are open enough to see and embrace it – somewhere along the way, you’ll find yourself in a time of rebirth. Some rebirth is painful and slow. Some feels like a supernova. Sometimes it is something you want, and hope for, and work toward – and sometimes it hits you with no warning, a black steam train out of nowhere on a pitch dark night.
I’ve had a few transformative periods in my life, but the fire I walked through over the last two and a half years Continue reading →