When was the last time you took a new step? Sounds like a funny question, doesn’t it? New steps can take many forms. Yours might be tied to finally having a long-dreaded conversation about ending your relationship with your spouse or partner. Or yours might be finally registering for that course to help you begin to track your career in a new direction. Or, like me, yours might be tied to having a long overdue conversation with my 85-year-old mother about her continuing loss of function and skyrocketing care needs. While these may sound like vastly different scenarios, transition has taught me that they are all versions of the same theme. Each requires us to begin. To take a new step. To act by relying on a set of beliefs that are tied to who we are and how we make meaning in the world. Each one asks us to head in a direction whose outcome is uncertain. To embrace an unknown or unknowable destination.
This journey – into the unknown – fascinates me. My knowledge of transition has helped me walk in this direction. I’ve benefited greatly from it thus far and still consider myself a traveler. One thing I know for sure. We greatly misunderstand transition as a society. In fact, we’re socialized to head in the opposite direction when we face uncertainty. This detour can be costly to us and to those who rely upon us.
My work is all about dispelling this confusion around transition and helping people live the lives they only imagine. To support my work, today I introduce my new podcast, Destination Unknown: a field guide. Its sole purpose is to dispel the mystery surrounding transition so that all of us – no matter the particulars – can take the first step, and then another one, successfully.
Destination Unknown: a field guide (available on iTunes) is designed with you in mind. It features 15-minute power conversations between yours truly and those navigating all manner of transition. Our first episode features Leona, a 50 ish year old career enthusiast who decided to head in another direction. Leona talks about how difficult it was to make the decision and how she did it.
Here is a sneak peek at the 1st episode:
- What if my prevailing thought it, “I cannot do this!?”
- What can you expect if you find yourself at a crossroads? Maybe you have an idea of what could be ahead but not much more than that?
- What are the murkiest parts of the journey?
- Are there patterns to be aware of that can help redirect my energy in positive and important ways?
If you’ve ever felt nauseated, discombobulated, or panicked about a new step, you’ll find something important in our first episode.
Why is this podcast different?
I know what you are saying, ‘not another podcast!’ Destination Unknown: a field guide is a resource for everyone in or considering transition. It will introduce you to the scary parts of the movie before you find yourself in a theater all alone. For anyone who has seen the Exorcist or Nightmare on Elm St, remember that once you are familiar with the really scary scenes, you experience the movie differently. You see new things. You access new parts of the plot that you overlooked in your earlier panic. So too, transition. Learn how to navigate it successfully with Destination Unknown: a field guide.
I hope you’ll join us. Please take a moment to subscribe to Destination Unknown: a field guide on iTunes and tell someone you know who might benefit from its message.
For those wondering about my 2019 imagined possibility test, I’ve made it two days so far. Even so, I am improving. I catch myself when negative thoughts hop into my head. I cannot say that I have made much more progress than that. I haven’t given up. I continue undaunted. Beginning a new step each day.
May you always be drawn to journeys that can lead you in a stronger, more beautiful direction and may you always find the courage to take the next step.
Thank you for your unending support of my journey.
Linda R. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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