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I love learning more about my fellow bloggers. So I created a weekly blog link up, which happens each Thursday. To do this, I post a word prompt the day before (on Wednesday so you can have your blog ready on Thursday). I plan on posting the next week’s word on the bottom of my own Thursday Thoughts post each week.
All you have to do to join in each week is to write a blog post about that this week’s word. Come back here on Thursday (like today!) and enter your blog address into Mr. Linky below so others know who else participated and we can all visit other blogs. Please leave a comment too! And please feel free to use the button above!
Please note: If you don’t write a blog post and participate, then please do not put your website address in Mr. Linky. It’s only fair to other people.
Today’s word prompt: Beginnings.
I was struggling with choosing the first word for this link up. I wanted something that was appropriate for the new weekly post, but I also wanted something that would be something everyone can start with. I’d like to thank Poekitten for the suggestion… I think the word beginnings is totally apropos for this.
I really like beginnings, for the most part. Beginnings tend to have a sort of anticipation that accompanies them. They may also come with fear or dread, or even with pain as a chapter has to close for a beginning to start.
When you get married, you close the chapter on your single life and embark on a new adventure. As a military spouse, every time you PCS or even go to a new command, you are closing the book on one adventure and beginning another. Just a little more than a year ago, I closed the chapter of my 20s and opened the chapter to my 30s. That was bittersweet as I’ve always been told your 20s are the best times of your life… but the beginning of my 30s really show promise for exciting new adventures.
Of course, infertility has a number of beginnings and closings of chapters, too. Each new step we take closes a small chapter and opens a new one. The closed chapter brings sadness as it is one more thing that didn’t work… but the beginning of a new one offers hope that maybe this will be the “magic bullet” that works.
Recently, I’ve had several people in my infertility community who have has to close a chapter on their infertility journey. There have been miscarriages, failed IVFs, decisions to no longer pursue having biological children, and, thankfully, people who have gotten pregnant and successfully delivered a beautiful child. With each of these heartaches (and successes!), brings a new beginning, whether that is trying to conceive yet again, adoption, motherhood, or living a child-free life.
Beginnings to me have a sense of excitement and wonder and hope. Though they are tinged (and sometimes singed or outright burned) with sadness, there’s always hope in new beginnings.
What does the word “beginnings” mean to you?
Word for next week: Learning.