Lately I’ve been experiencing what it feels like to grow up.
I suppose that’s what can happen when you revisit places you haven’t been in a while, or interact with people you haven’t seen in a while. I’ll also attribute it to the hours I’ve spent getting lost in old scrapbooks after the passing of my sweet grandmother.
Anyway, yesterday I found myself sitting across from someone I hadn’t spent time with in almost 5 years. In our exchange, it was very apparent to me how different I felt than I did 5 years ago.
Truly… new body, new skin, new hair, new frame of mind, new outlook, new energy.
The stuff that weighed me down before… it didn’t weigh me down anymore. I felt lighter. Freer. Less concerned. More confident. Different.
Ohhhh, this is called growing up. I thought to myself.
It makes me think of those very ‘Gwyneth-Paltrowy-and-Jennifer-Aniston-esque’ articles I’ve read before (do you know the ones!?) that talk about how women in their 40’s… well, they just aren’t bothered by the things that they used to be. It sounds magical.
This is life. This is what it means to be human. We change. We grow. We evolve. We let go. And every now and then, we notice it.
You may have heard the fun science fact that the human body replaces itself every 7 to 10 years. Um, what!? Well, what happens is that many (not all, of course) of our cells die and new ones form over time. Think skin, hair, bones, and internal organs like the stomach, intestines, and liver.
We’re constantly regenerating, renewing, and refreshing. In a way, you are a new person (at the very least, on a cellular level) every few years.
I think this is very symbolic for shedding the things that don’t work for us in life, so new things that do, can take form.
That’s what it means to grow up.
Just like every cell in our bodies is important, so is every step we take in our journey. It all ‘shapes’ us. Literally. Every experience, every decision, every hardship, every success… it’s all good, it’s all worth it. And as one of my favorite spiritual teachers says, everything belongs.
If you’ve ever felt down or frustrated or ashamed or stuck… know that your body says otherwise. It wants you to move forward, to thrive, and to grow into the happiest, healthiest, most fulfilled version of you.
Every once in a while you’ll find yourself in a moment where you realize, Oh, I’m a new version of me.
Welcome to the gift that is your life.