Hat Swap

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I’ve been writing about the hats we wear in life – responsibilities that we face or the titles we assume.

We choose some of our titles willingly: wife, accountant, student.

Others are inherited: caretaker or interim chairperson. These challenges come our way because someone needs a caretaker or the job needs to be filled.  We can choose to accept the task or not.

Still other situations are thrust upon us and may be beyond our control.  Widowhood or unemployment come to mind.

While immensely different they all have things in common.

All involve transition.

All involve our emotions.

All involve learning new things or ways of doing things.

Some are fun and exciting.  Even the planning may be exhilarating.

 

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photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc

Others are scary and/or sorrowful.

The transition period is as diverse as the situtation itself.  For some situations there is an ongoing preparation period such as wedding planning or heading off to college.

Others hit us with the speed of light and feel like a blur.

Photo by Scott Liddell http://www.scottliddell.com

Photo by Scott Liddell
http://www.scottliddell.com

 

Are we willing to make ourselves vulnerable enough to admit we need assistance or support? Maybe we simply need someone to sit with us while we sort things out.

 Photo by Scott Liddell. http://www.scottliddell.com

Photo by Scott Liddell.
http://www.scottliddell.com

 

Often our close friends or family want to help but it is up to us to allow them into our world. The particulars of our life events may be unique but often those around us have had a similar experience. Their knowledge can be invaluable.  Perhaps there is a support group for people with those of like circumstances.  Resources may be available of which we are unaware until someone brings it to our attention.

Would you please leave a comment in the box below and tell me of what helped you during a time of transition?

 

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