September 24, 2020

How staying positive goes a long way

By JEFF BOMBEN

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get,” Forrest Gump famously said.

People are faced with changes and great opportunities to move on in life but taking the next step is a hard decision.

There’s no clear way to move on but it’s something that a person needs to do both mentally and physically.

An example of moving on in life could be overcoming a death in the family or breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend.

In my circumstance, I was faced with moving on at an early age.

When I was five years old, my mother passed away. Being young, I really had no idea what was going on that day but my life drastically changed.

I saw my courageous dad take over a family with two young children and lead them down the right path.

Since the day my mother died, I have taken the time to understand a lot of things about moving on and when it’s the right thing to do.  Deaths are hard to overcome and move on from in life but it’s a challenge that every person will face.

With a good core behind the person such as friends, family and even teachers, a person will be more open to understanding the need to move on instead of making the mistake of holding on for too long.

I live my life a lot like the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

I may struggle with moving on but it’s something that I will  continue to work on.

Emerson sends a clear picture with this quote.

He puts in perspective that moving on may be difficult but, that being said, the best is yet to come.
 
So instead of fearing the idea of moving on in life, take that next step and look forward to the positive aspects rather than dwelling on the negatives.
 
With a positive attitude, a lot more can be accomplished.

Taking risks in life is something that some people embrace while others fear it but it’s a part of life.

Moving on is like taking a risk, some people will love your decision, while others may question it.

Ultimately that decision comes down to one person and that person is you.

My best advice is not to fear moving on but to embrace the idea. Yes, it is difficult, but it can and will make you stronger.