Have you ever thought about starting a new life? One thing’s for sure, most of us have thought about it. So, where do we start?
Yes, I have thought about starting a new life, and guess what? I have done this before. I have a friend that I talked to this morning who is pondering the same thing.
Personally, I think she should seriously consider doing so. Starting a new life isn’t easy, but sometimes, it’s so worth it.
Should I take the plunge?
The truth is, only you can know if you should start a new life. No one can step in and tell you what to do and where to go because they simply won’t have to face the consequences of these actions.
No, the decision is yours, and if you decide to start over, here’s a few things that might drive you to make that decision. With these, you will know it’s time to start anew.
You are restless
If you’ve noticed yourself becoming restless over time, then you should take pause and examine this emotion. Are there any obvious reasons why you’re restless? If not, then it could be coming from something deeper.
Have you been curious about other places? Have you been spending more time in self-examination? These are signs of restlessness and could be signs that it’s time to start over.
You are simply unhappy
The friend I spoke of earlier has been going through some serious turmoil. It is in my opinion that it would be a good idea if she could start over. Although she does have to make this decision on her own, I notice that people which surround her are disrespectful and hurtful to her.
She has been experiencing this for a long time. Because she is financially strapped, she feels she cannot leave, and so she’s trapped. I was in this place before and I was unhappy. I realized that in order to start over, I had to find a way to take care of myself by myself.
When you are unhappy and nothing seems to change, it could be time for you to create a change that’s right for you. As hard as it may seem, you may have to find a way out.
You are too comfortable
Sometimes starting a new life means getting outside your comfort zone. If you find yourself becoming too complacent and boring, then it’s time to shake things up a bit. It’s time to do some things that truly frighten you. The reason you should do this is to add value and thrill to your life.
Now, I am not saying you have to start living a daredevil lifestyle or anything. Maybe you can just start by dedicating yourself to be a more sociable person this year.
A Plethora of reasons
These aren’t your only reasons to start a new life. There are so many reasons, and I couldn’t possibly share them all in this post. However, here are a few more to inspire you. Read through these and then find out how you can get started with making a change!
- Tired of your native language?
- Want to heal old memories or hurts?
- Need new dating options?
- Hating the same old wet/dry/hot/cold weather?
- Want to start over where no one knows you?
Ideas for starting a new life
Do any of these reasons ring true for you? If so, you’re probably at a standstill about how to kick start this project. Well, let’s examine a few for starting a new life.
1. Examine your choice
The first idea for starting a new life is to pause. That’s right! Before you can put together any big changes and plans, you must first talk about your decision, take time off work, and get your thoughts together. Making changes like this takes a whole new mindset than what you’re used to.
So, yeah, this idea is about doing nothing…nothing except rolling your decision around in your head to make sure you’ve made the right decision. Never ever rush into huge life changes.
2. School, Degree, Finish studies
One of the best ideas a person could have when making a life change is the choice of going to school, getting a degree, or finishing incomplete coursework. I personally want to return to get either an art or writing degree of some sort, considering I have many credit hours I can use.
There are so many people who could really improve their way or life or their attitude about themselves with the tools and weapons of education. If you’re thinking of starting a new life, why not start with an intelligent plan.
3. Envision your goals
Whether you decide to improve your education or some other route, you must consider the big picture. What are your goals? Where do you want to live, if you move? What career path are you interested in? It’s just smart to get a basic understanding of what you’re looking for.
While it’s fun to be spontaneous and take life as it comes, it’s just best to have a basic framework of the direction you’re going so you can navigate this path easier. This could possibly be the best idea for starting a new life.
4. Embrace changes
When making the decision of starting a new life, make sure you embrace as many changes as possible. Change your hair color, your wardrobe, and even downsize drastically. Another friend of mine decided to start over and sold 80% of her belongings, downsizing from a three bedroom home to a travel camper.
The last time I spoke with her, she seemed really happy. You may not be able to change everything but change as much as possible to help you get into the starting over spirit. It can also declutter your mind!
5. Have a spiritual encounter
One of the most important aspects of starting a new life is getting in touch with the spiritual side of life. Although some people may not engage in this sort of thing, those who do can use the opportunity to reach new levels in this area.
This means enjoying meditation, self-examination and other soul-calming practices. Experiencing this spiritual encounter will keep you fresh and ready to start a new life with less trepidation.
Is it your turn to start over?
While not everyone is ready to start a new life, nor do we all need to, there are those who need this more than ever. I think there are some situations that are just unhealthy for people, and they need to go where they can be loved correctly, respected and appreciated.
This is what starting a new life is all about. If you’re thinking about doing this, I wish you all the luck and love in the world.
By Sherrie H.