One day, you wake up. And every day before today seems like a dream. A life you never lived. Distant. And fading fast. It’s as if everything before this day was lived by someone else and told to you as a story as a young child and one day, it’ll all be forgotten. Today, you have become someone completely new. Today, you no longer yearn for what was, but you reach for what will be. Powers you never knew you had are growing inside you and you feel limitless. The world no longer rests on your shoulders, instead, you’re standing on top of the world. You can see everything with such crystal clarity you wonder how you saw anything at all before. Colors are brighter, more vibrant. The sun is brighter, more inviting. The world has suddenly become so much more than you ever thought possible and you can’t help but wonder how you managed to miss it all before.
Everything that brought you to this point still matters, but at the same time, it is no longer part of your story. Today, your story is starting over fresh. You are brand new. The first novel of your lifetime has ended. Part two is beginning. The lessons you learned in the first book of your life will always matter, but they will just be stories from the old you. Who you were. And you need to remember that. Do not let part one overtake part two. Do not let the old you escape from a book that is now closed. Don’t let the irrelevant characters from that book become villains in the next installment. Don’t let them overtake you. You’re stronger now. You’re better. They don’t matter. They were a lesson. Keep them that way.
And there may be some unfinished chapters in your first novel. Questions left unanswered, words left unsaid, touches left unfelt. But some stories are best left unfinished. You cannot hope to continue into your second installment if you keep revisiting the first. Leave those pages unturned. Let the book collect dust. Those pages are only there to serve as a distant memory. This, today, is your new beginning. Why would you want to waste it by reliving something that was never meant to be finished in the first place?
Look at who is sitting across from you. That is your life. That is the book you are meant to finish. The pages you are meant to fold over in order to have easier access to your favorite parts. The sentences you are meant to finish. The story you are going to live out for your entire life. Today, it all begins again for you.