As we get older, we place such a heavy burden on ‘being at the beginning,’ like we’re never supposed to be there again. And if we are at the beginning… again, damn it… then we must’ve done something wrong.
In our world, there is such a high price tag placed on experience. Experience gets you everything. A good job. A good deal on a car, or a home. Leadership. Authority over others. The ability to be a teacher when everyone else is a novice. Legacy.
Being at the beginning is for, well, beginners. And if you’re a novice, you sure as hell can’t be someone with experience. Even rites of passage are set out to create milestones in a life so that a person can say, “Well, I’ve reached that stepping stone, upward and onward.” And now they can even show (tell) someone else how.
Experience, and not being at any beginning are lauded in our societies. And yet, we’re all new to something at some time in our lives. Sometimes, we welcome new beginnings with excitement, but then there comes a certain age that once you pass it it can become strained, and far less acceptable, to be new. At anything.
And that’s a loss.
Because isn’t the beginning where everything, well, begins?
And there are some times when we find ourselves welcoming, even relishing, being at the beginning; but it’s the places where we don’t have grace for ourselves being new is what’s being referenced here. What could it be to be curious about what we haven’t yet discovered? What could it be to be curious about what we are beginning at again, or about the surprises we may find? What could it be to wonder about what’s around the corner from that new starting place, instead of dreading it?
The Alpha and the Omega? The beginning and the end? The circle of infinity?
In life, we are always at the beginning of something. So why the long face? Why the muffled curses under your breath? Why the overwhelm? What’s up with the dismissive thoughts? Why the need to diminish the beginning as if it’s only for beginners, like beginning is a less-than situation for someone of your repertoire? Right now, given you are the one at the beginning, it seems you too are the beginner.
Beginnings can be a place of grace. Of healing. Beginnings can be a reset. Beginnings can be sweet.
let’s look at some ways in which we may dismiss being ‘at the beginning’ and ultimately miss out on the gift of being new to a moment, or even, new to all of life
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