What To Remember When Things End

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Because what better way to illustrate a new beginning than a sunrise? Taken at William Jewell College on May 7.

Everything comes to an inevitable end. Relationships. Friendships. Time in certain places. Chapters in life. And moving on is hard… Especially when you really don’t want to. But everything ends for a reason: to bring you to something better. Something you weren’t ready for in the past. Something all of your previous experiences have led up to. Something you’ll eventually look back on and wonder how you ever could’ve lived life without its memories and feelings and lessons. You see, ends are merely new beginnings, but only if you choose to look at them as such.

When the world feels like it’s collapsing around you and you don’t know where to turn, remember these 10 things:

  1. There were some not so great things associated with whatever ended, and guess what, you don’t have to deal with them anymore.
  2. If you initiated the ending, be proud of yourself. You did something not a lot of us are able to do: you stood up for yourself. Doesn’t that feel great?
  3. Sometimes you’re the one to initiate an ending, but when you’re not, be thankful that you didn’t have to make the decision yourself. Decisions suck.
  4. This ending gives you some amount of free time to really think and reflect. Take that precious time and use it to make yourself better. Life doesn’t hand us a lot of free time these days.
  5. Because that something ended, I’m sure you can think of at least one thing you sacrificed to keep whatever that something was going. Go after whatever you sacrificed. You deserve to make yourself happy.
  6. You feel like something is missing… Chase that feeling and try something you’ve always wanted to do. You have nothing to lose at this point, right?
  7. Something better is coming… Are you the person you want to be when you come face to face with that something better?
  8. Replaying the events of the ending doesn’t make you better, just bitter.
  9. Whoever else was involved in the ending is only worrying about himself or herself. You should too.
  10. There is some kind of lesson to be learned, but you won’t know what it is until you move on.

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