Yesterday was my last day at the Sparks Tribune. It was bittersweet, laying out my last news pages in InDesign while getting harassed (in the best way) by my co-worker, Garrett. I left the office and walked to the bus station later that afternoon, thinking about my experience with the newspaper and my future with my writing career. I went back and forth in my head for only a brief moment, wondering if I made the right decision, leaving this opportunity. But then, I put my ear buds in and cranked up my iPod, knowing that I made the correct choice- I’m moving on to bigger and brighter things.
Whether you leave a job, go through a break-up, end a friendship, whatever- I think the best thing is to look forward and never, even for a moment, glance back. Every now and then, it’s okay to reflect on what you learned from each person and/or past experience but then cut your losses and keep on pushing onward. Those new things could be a better career option, a new lover, a bigger city, even something not tangible- like finally knowing what you really want in your life. Moving onward is about being optimistic for your future and knowing that you’re going to do great things and be perfectly alright. Moving onward is about letting go of that comfort and embracing the unknown. Moving on is often the best thing you can do, the only thing you can do, the right thing to do- for others but most importantly, for yourself.
Here’s to the past, dear reader. But remember to keep calm and move on.