Hello, cozy patterned sweaters! Welcome to the Friday Open Thread, where Straddlers near and far convene to discuss what’s going on in the world, our lives, and our dreams. Any weird dreams lately? I’ve sure had some.
I hope your Halloween was the best yet and that friends and strangers alike loved how clever your costume was. I am one of those people who adores this stretch of the calendar from Halloween to New Year’s, cliches be damned, so I’m thrilled we’ve finally gotten to the good stuff. It’s when I feel my emotions most deeply and take the best stock of where I stand. Maybe it’s because I’m a fall baby, maybe because significant life events always seem to happen for me right around this time. To that end…
It’s finally happened, everyone: I have to say goodbye to my first car. Ruth has been exemplary in her service to my family. She was my dad’s for years before I adopted her and has never let me down despite how poorly I understand her. Like her namesake, she is old as hell, but she gets the job done. After this most recent round of tune-ups and surprise expenses, though, it became clear that this really was Ruth’s Last Ride. So I am in the process of acquiring a new vehicle and getting my hand control system moved over (which is a lot more complicated than it sounds) — all while facing a number of other Unprecedented Decisions that are pushing me in a terrifyingly forward direction.
So tell me, dear readers: how do you handle daunting transitions and changes in your life? Any advice for making big moves, literally and figuratively? Do you have any important choices, intimidating purchases, and/or leaps of faith you need to make and want to share with the class?
Let’s gather ’round and build each other up! Deep breaths.
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