Next Page, Please

When you read a book, you usually don’t linger too long on one chapter, no matter how beautiful you think it is, or how wonderful it makes you feel. You move on to the next one, because you want to know what happens next. And you don’t dwell too long on a single chapter, just because you can’t get over the sorrowful turn of events. You may find yourself going through past pages, reliving what has already transpired, but you don’t ever stay stuck on one page. No, you simply must move on to the next one; you have to know what happens next. You have to know how it ends.

The same can be said about life.  There will be times when you feel like you don’t want to know what happens next, that you’re perfectly fine with the way things are at a standstill. Times when you’ll find yourself clinging to a past that was never meant to last. Like a book where you keep reading the same old chapter, over and over again.

But that’s not how it should be, and you know it. Books were meant to be read from start to finish. Life was meant to be lived the same way; through every complicated complexity, through every high and low. Each chapter in your life serves as a stepping stone to another stepping stone, an endless array of life lessons and misadventures; of drama, intrigue, and nail-biting suspense. It would be much too easy, to allow one’s self to be fearful of the future, to choose to stay rooted where you are, not wanting to embrace the change that’s just waiting ’round the corner. It would be tempting to forget that the story is not yet done, and stay stuck in a world more suited to fiction.

You may feel like your story has already ended, that there are no more pages left unread. You may feel like all hope is dead, and that there is nothing more to be said. But if you think about it, you are not just reading about someone else’s journey; this is your life. It is you who’s the main protagonist, in a story of your own making. And once you’ve come to accept this, you will soon realize that whenever it looks like your life is all out of pages, you can just simply go ahead and write new ones.

A contract ending. A relationship failing. A friend departing. A loved one leaving. Your strength decreasing. Your faith diminishing. Your hopes slowly fading.

You may think that it’s the end of an era; it’s not. What it actually is, is the beginning of a new saga.

A new chapter, a new journey. Get ready.

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

-Natasha Bedingfield, “Unwritten”

– Ed. E.


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