make an exit

I have a bad habit of sticking around.

I’ve never handled change well and as a result, I have a difficult time letting life rearrange itself. I struggled my first semester in college and when fall break came, I went to visit some of my old high school teachers. I lingered in my hometown after finishing college and spent weekends partying with my friends who had yet to graduate. When I finished a yearlong apprenticeship at a theater company, I hung around as an intern because I had nowhere else to go and nothing else to do.

Actually, that last part is a lie: I had plenty to do, but none of the courage to do it.

Life is a series of seasons. Things change, not necessarily for the better or the worse. Each season is different, some with old faces and others with new faces. But the only common thread is that one season leads to the next. Thing always change and nothing lasts forever. “This too shall pass,” as the saying goes.

We lose so much by holding on to things as they were. Instead, we must summon the courage to barrel forth into the unknown and accept whatever comes next. This is how we learn. This is how we grow.

Know when it’s time to leave, to let go, to make your exit. It won’t be easy, but it’ll certainly teach you something.

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