It’s that time of year when, for some, the transition to school begins. Whether it’s the first day of kindergarten or last year of high school, change can be hard. It can also be new, fun, and exciting. There is a mixture of laughter and tears, excitement and nerves, even anticipation and fear. I often talk with others about the dichotomy between experiencing a change that is considered “positive” or “exciting” and subsequent experiences of stress, feeling drained, and overwhelmed. We might expect these emotional responses when we undergo difficult transitions, but they can sneak up on us during other times. Change and transition are a part of all of our narratives and some appear struggle more than others. As a parent who sent one child to her first year of preschool and another child to Kindergarten this week, I feel immersed in a sea of transition. I am working to be kind and patient with myself, cry when I need to, and remember how much we can grow when we are stretched outside of our comfort zone. For those of you experiencing your own change and transition, I hope that you’ll join me in showing yourself grace as you journey forward.
–Alana Frazier, MSW, LCSW