Going Through Transitions in Life

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Went to an event called “Humanism in Transition: Truth, Justice and Vulnerability” in the Humanism Hub recently. Instead of focusing on macro changes that impact humans collectively, much more of it was on how one can find and develop oneself in the midst of life transitions.

“Change is situational. Transition, on the other hand, is psychological. It is not those events, but rather the inner reorientation and self-redefinition that you have to go through in order to incorporate any of those changes into your life. Without a transition, a change is just a rearrangement of the furniture.” 
 ~ William Bridges (“Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes”)
“The end is where we start from. Transition can only begin with an ending and letting go… There needs to be a period of time when we simply don’t know, and just have to wait and see. And in many situations, we have to take time to grief.”
 ~ Greg Epstein (Speaker of the day, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard)

During the event, a short excerpt from the movie “Up in The Air” was shown. It’s not the first time I’ve seen the movie, but this time, the question that the speaker poses allow me to see this in a different light: How can we have a positive transition?

Here as I start a 2-year journey as an MBA student, a major transition in life, it definitely isn’t just rainbows and butterflies. I have so much fear and insecurity boiling within me. But I do hope that I will have the courage to live authentically and to embrace vulnerability.

(Written on Sep 10, 2017)

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