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Monday Moment: Maybe it’s time

Emma Grey

I sat in the audience last week as my seventeen-year-old was ‘sworn in’ as House Captain for 2016.

It was a gorgeous ceremony, run by the students, with the Year 12 leaders ‘handing over’ to the Year 11s. At the end, the school captain, vice-captain and two others in key positions performed a kind of ‘box step’ switch-over manoeuvre, in which the four outgoing leaders took a step back as their incoming replacements stepped forward.

It was beautiful. I did, of course, cry.

I cried not only because I was proud of my girl, who’s excited about the year ahead. I cried because I knew full well we’d be back in twelve months, which would pass in the blink of an eye, and she’d be the one handing over to someone younger…

And I cried because that’s the nature of life, isn’t it? It’s symbolic of so many ‘handovers’ in our lives, as we outgrow one stage and move on.

In the end, it’s symbolic of the handover from generation to generation as each becomes the ‘elders’ in the world… (and that set me off again!)

It also got me thinking about ‘moving on’, and how there’s a natural passage of time, experience and perspective. Sometimes it’s easy to know when the time has come. You’re finishing school, or your contract is up. Other times, it’s more tricky.

  • You’re scared of the next step
  • You’re too comfortable where you are
  • You don’t feel good enough, or experienced enough yet

All those other times that you moved on in life—when you left school or uni or any of your previous jobs—you probably felt similar things. You left anyway, feeling ready or not.

You stepped forward not knowing if there was a path underfoot. Not knowing if there was an obstacle in the way.

You stepped ahead because it was time.

Maybe it’s time for the next step now. Ready or not.


Emma Grey

Emma Grey is the Canberra-based author of ‘Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum’ and ‘Unrequited: Girl Meets Boy Band’. She’s director of the life-balance consultancy, WorkLifeBliss and co-founder of a fresh approach to time-management, My 15 Minutes. She lives just over the ACT border with her two teen daughters and young son. More about the Author

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