Several months ago, on the advice of some friends, I saw a well-known local medium. Either she was authentic, or she asks everyone if their grandmother has a limp, makes terrible pastry dough and is a unique force of nature. While I got a lot of gee wow moments for my two hundred bucks, what made the experience worth the price was her assertion that my years in the crucible are behind me… unless I choose to put myself back in. When I asked her to clarify, she said that if I spend my life waiting for the other shoe to drop, I will suffer.
I see this quote from time to time on social media:
You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now, and make a brand new ending.
The quote is attributed to everyone from Zig Ziglar to the Philadelphia Eagles, but according to Quote Investigator, it is originally from a book by James R. Sherman titled Rejection: How to Survive Rejection and Promote Acceptance. (How ironic to have your authorship of a quote about rejection rejected by the internet!)
On Mondays, I always attend a 9:15 am step class at my gym. I always set up my step in the same spot near the back of the room at the side. Last week, however, I arrived later than usual, and the only free space was at the very front of the room.
The thought of doing the class front and center really freaked me out. I was not born with the choreography gene that allows one to learn dance steps quickly.