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Re: Slow-mo GR: Life transitions and fears about growing up , 27th - 31st July

What kinds of life transitions can you imagine experiencing in the future?

What are the benefits of going through them? What do you fear about going through them? Is there anything you can do to prepare yourself for them?

My next big life transition will hopefully be moving out of home with my partner. On the one hand I'm super excited to have and decorate my own space, live independently and experience all of this with my partner. But at the same time I find it sad to think about closing the final chapter of my childhood and not being able to come home to my parents everyday. It is a stage of life that I might never get to experience again! I also worry about the financial challenges that may come with living on my own. Overall though I am just focusing on making the most of my remaining time at home, focusing on all of the positive new memories I will make with my partner, and feeling proud and grateful for being in the position to even think about moving out! 

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Re: Slow-mo GR: Life transitions and fears about growing up , 27th - 31st July

Hey everyone! 

 

I'm going to break up one of the questions so my answer is a little easier to write and read, let me know if you have similar thoughts!

What has going through a life transition told you about yourself?

It sounds cheesy but my most recent life transition has told me I'm stronger than I think I am! I recently finished uni (honours) and at the same time my workplace of 6 years shut down so I found myself having no work or study (while lockdown and everything else was starting to happen at the same time), meaning my life went from ridiculously busy to completely slow-mo mode. This was really hard for me to adjust to at first because I'm a very go go go person! This situation definitely took a toll on my mental health and I finally worked up the courage to go to the doctor and get a mental health care plan (something I had been wanting to do for about a year but didn't think I was "struggling enough"). 

 

Did you learn anything by going through it?

There is no such thing as "struggling enough"! I'm almost a little embarrassed to admit that I only just now learnt this because I studied psychology and it would make me so sad to think someone didn't seek help because they were scared to look like their problems weren't big enough to talk to someone. Everyone can benefit from talking to people about their problems no matter how small or big you think the problem is!

 

I also learnt where my real passion lies (body image problems in young girls and boys) because I had so much free time to really explore so many things. I didn't even realise I was figuring out where my interest lies to be honest, it was just the first time since starting high school that I actually had a bunch of free time and I just found this is naturally the kind of thing I started looking up (to start healing my own relationship with disordered eating and poor body image) and I realised I really want to share this knowledge with people out there! I want to gain enough knowledge on how to increase awareness around disordered eating and poor body image and travel around to schools and hold seminars and sessions to raise awareness and self-confidence in young people! Does anyone have any ideas how I could start going about this?

 

Is there anything that you would do differently if you had to chance to relive the transition?

I would practice meditation a lot more, read books for fun instead of to feel productive (because I love reading and it began to feel like a chore at times) and talk to the people around me more about what I was struggling with!

 

What advice would you give to someone who has gone through a similar transition?

Free time and doing things we love, as well as relaxing, can teach us so much about ourselves that we would never learn if we are working 24/7. At the end of the day working out your values and living your life in accordance to them (as best you can in any given situation) will bring a lot more freedom to how you spend your free time and it can bring a lot of clarity to how you spend your working time too!

 

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Re: Slow-mo GR: Life transitions and fears about growing up , 27th - 31st July

What kinds of life transitions can you imagine experiencing in the future?

I'm graduating uni in over a year so my biggest transition would be finding a real job and becoming completely financially independent.

 

What are the benefits of going through them?

I know I will learn and grow so much in the process. I have been wanting to be 100% independent for years, and although I don't live at home, my parents do help me with some of my expenses (they live in another city). I know it will be quite uncomfortable at first, and I may need lots of resilience when applying for jobs, but in the end it will be worth it Smiley LOL

 

What do you fear about going through them? Is there anything you can do to prepare yourself for them?

I'm afraid that I'll potentially end up in a job I don't like, or not getting a job at all. At the moment I'm doing lots of volunteer work and extra trainings to build a good resume, and because I enjoy it as well. Perhaps getting a job in the same field will help, but I have been procrastinating on that lol.

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Re: Slow-mo GR: Life transitions and fears about growing up , 27th - 31st July

ahhh thank you so much guys for your responses to this topic! Heart Heart Heart i've loved reading them Smiley Very Happy




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Re: Slow-mo GR: Life transitions and fears about growing up , 27th - 31st July

Last question for this GR! Smiley Very Happy

 

Think of an example of someone who inspired you to navigate a challenging period in your life. Why are they your role model? What inspires you about them?

 

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Re: Slow-mo GR: Life transitions and fears about growing up , 27th - 31st July

What kinds of life transitions can you imagine experiencing in the future? What are the benefits of going through them? What do you fear about going through them? Is there anything you can do to prepare yourself for them?
I'd like to get a job or do another course with full-time hours, but I'm afraid that it will end up taking a toll on my health. Whenever I've done a lot of hours of work before, my symptoms tend to get worse, or I get sick easily or develop a health problem. At the same time, I've gone through periods over the last couple of years where I wasn't able to do a lot of career-related things due to being a carer, so I'd like to do more in the workforce. I've actually been working on things like online courses, volunteering and small jobs during most of my time now so that the transition isn't as abrupt if I do end up doing either of those things. I also think that transitioning my grandma to an aged care home would help free up more of my time for other things.
It's a bit hard for me to imagine other life transitions at the moment, because I often have to take things day-by-day.

Think of an example of someone who inspired you to navigate a challenging period in your life. Why are they your role model? What inspires you about them?
I actually don't have any particular role models, but I like hearing about people who have overcome hardships before becoming successful or people who have gone through similar things as me. I also like reading books and watching movies with inspirational messages.

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Re: Slow-mo GR: Life transitions and fears about growing up , 27th - 31st July

Think of an example of someone who inspired you to navigate a challenging period in your life. Why are they your role model? What inspires you about them?

Someone that comes to mind straight away is my Nanna - she has been through so much in her life recently with losing her husband and son in the last five years, yet she is still so strong and lives her life with a smile on her face everyday. No matter what I'm going through when I see her I'm reminded of how important it is to appreciate everyday and face all challenges with a smile (as best you can!) She inspires me to practice gratitude everyday!