I know that there are many people who associate spring with new life and new beginnings. However, fall can also be a time of new beginnings. I think of all of the trees starting to chance colors and then lose their leaves. They shed the old growth to make way for winter and then new growth in the spring. This is part of the life cycle and, thus, a new beginning.
An ending is indeed a new beginning, even though endings can sometimes be quite challenging and painful. It has taken me many years to fully understand that an ending is a beginning. For a long time I saw endings as closed doors with nowhere to go – I saw endings as reasons to mourn and be upset. Yet, lately I have learned that endings do bring options for new beginnings – and that these new beginnings can bring great joy, even if they are birthed from the pain of loss.
Today, 164 days ’til 40, I am happy for new beginnings, the ones that occur spontaneously, and the ones that are birthed from endings as well.