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Transition from Infancy to AdulthoodIn life, we go through various changes in seasons. From the infant stage to the early childhood to late childhood to adolescent stage. From early adult to old age.  At each and every juncture along the way, there is a change in seasons.

As an infant, one is often vibrant, energetic, excited about life! As a toddler one begins to understand that some things just won’t work like they did. Still excited, vibrant and energetic but their thought processes and actions begin to change. And the cycle continues through the various stages of life.

The things that worked for us as an infant, no longer work as a toddler. The things that were acceptable and often tolerated as a toddler,are no longer acceptable as an adolescent…and the seasons continually change. My question again is: What do you do when you know that there’s been a change in seasons?

Do you scream and kick, whine and cry as you attempt to operate at the next level as you did at the previous level? Do you find that your behaviors, attitudes, and mannerisms no longer work in the new season? Do you have a difficult time letting go of what was and adjusting to what is now your present reality or season? Or, do you recognize that the season has changed and make the necessary adjustments taking a realistic approach?

Seasons change. Nothing stays the same. What worked last year may not and often does not work this year.

What worked last month may not work this month.

The challenges come from first RECOGNIZING that your season has changed. The next challenge is ACCEPTING the fact that your season has changed and then PLANNING and properly PREPARING to make the necessary ADJUSTMENTS for the season you are now in or transitioning into. All of these are necessary to successfully transition from one season to another.

I stress changes in seasons, but in reality it is various stages of growth and decline. As we go from young adulthood to senior citizens, we realize the things we used to do we can’t do anymore, nor do many of us want to. We often experience a decline in health as we mature, and an increase in wisdom.

As we continue the growth process or seasonal changes, we come to realize that in order to move or adjust to our “new season” we must make adjustments. Every juncture requires reflection, re-evaluation, re-assessment and critical decisions made to plan for and adjust to the new season. Ignoring this important process often keeps one stuck and not progressing through life.

Changes is seasons are essential and necessary. I write about the transition from infancy to adulthood, but as we transition in any areas: school, jobs, purchasing homes, relocating from one area to another,  children growing up and moving on causing us to experience “empty nests”, marriages, divorces, deaths, etc., all are changes in seasons and requires our analyzing our situation by RECOGNIZING, ACCEPTING, PLANNING, PREPARING, and ADJUSTING.

This week, take a look and see if in your life there has been a shift, a change in seasons, and look at how you have transitioned during this change and/or what you need to do to adjust to the change that either has or is taking place and make the adjustments.

Let go of what was in the old season and embrace the new season. It’s necessary.

 

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