Starting over can be a royal pain in the patoot. But it can also be a really good thing. It depends.
There’s no question that when you’ve been working on a paper for three hours and the techno-gremlins eat the last three versions, starting over stinks.
If you’re Sisyphus, starting over stinks. Over and over and over.
If you’re trying to build a house of cards in a windy tunnel, starting over stinks.
Other times, starting over can be freeing.
Going from high school to college is a wonderful time to start over. It’s a time to reevaluate who you are and who you want to be.
Changing majors can be a fantastic way to start over. You might have to spend a bit more time getting a degree (although a Wise Sage once told me that nothing you ever learn is wasted even if you have no idea how you’re going to use it), but it can be exciting and invigorating to launch into a field of study you’re really passionate about.
Starting a new job can be a little intimidating, but it can also be a wonderful new beginning, full of possibilities and pathways.
Sports teams are some of the best organizations in the world at fresh starts. For most of them, every season is a time of new beginnings, a time to build on the good of the past and get over the disappointments. A time to polish skills and learn new plays. A time when the win-loss record is erased and anything, anything can happen.
Sometimes new beginnings are obvious. Sometimes we have to look a little harder for them.
Wishing you all good things as we begin the New Year.
Love ya’ kiddo.