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  • Writer's pictureJames G Yeo

The Author's Corner: These Days

As the first coffee or tea of the day happens in your kitchen, you are just starting your life anew. You have just moved out of your parents house and looking forward to your life or you may be just starting again where your children have moved out on their own. Both are great moments in life. However, it could be with the starting of a new job or career or a new relationship, which ever it is, that first cup is the beginning of your new chapter in your life.

The way that life is spelt to us is from the way we live our days. Every new day that comes is not a promise because we may not wake up in the morning. Once you start to live your life in that way many things will change in your life.

If it is moving into your own place and out of your parents, that first day will be a challenge as there is only you. To start after that first day comes the settling in phase that includes making a routine and for the most part you will enjoy it. Then you will see what life is to have for you and if it is the second or third time you have moved out of your parents house, you still should start every day as a positive thing.

With every new chapter in your life comes challenges as most of us know. When I first moved out of my parents house it was for my Culinary Arts course in Edmonton, Alberta. I spent four years there until I got my Red Seal in cooking. Then I moved home to pay off my school debt. It was a year until I moved again to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and lived there for three years before returning home following the rise of my schizophrenia. I managed to move out again and in April of 2020 I moved back to my parents house to be there to help them so they can stay home for as long as possible.

For all of us there will come a time when we say goodbye to people who move out of our lives. Everyone who comes into our lives has been placed there by God or what you call it. The reason is so that we can grow as a person and some are meant to be here for a long time and others are just for a short time. Each and every challenge that we go through teaches us life lessons that will be needed later in our lives. For those who are blind to this fact will only learn when they have a near death experience and see God/the Creator first hand. Then the choice is given as I found out myself on a cold January night in 2005.

The new chapter had started in my life in 2005 where I was on deaths door. I spent a couple months in the mental ward of the hospital in Halifax. I would later be diagnosed with schizophrenia. It was a wakeup call for me and for the five years that would follow I had a battle with the bottle. I had another wakeup call in February of 2010 that landed me in hospital again.

Where you start and when you do it, it does not matter where you are in life. What matters is that you start from the moment you are in. If you have to restart your life a few more times, that is fine as it is your life. I know that in 2020 I restarted my life and being forced to retire early because my illness has made it hard for me to keep a job. Thus, I have turned the situation around and started a career as an author and at home to help my parents.

Every step that we make forward is where we will always restart from no matter how low your life has gotten, to start again is that you have control of your life and a chance to change. If you feel down on yourself and life is hard to deal with, remember that every morning that you wake up is a new chance to change your life.

Just because you are at a low point does not mean that you should give up on your life. Believe me I have been there many times and wanted to end it all, however I made it through those cold nights to rise in the morning. There is always going to be pain and suffering as we live our lives and the reason is because the old you dies every night and you are reborn every morning.

Remember one thing, you can restart your life any time. If you are at the point where you need to make a change, do it. The change you need to make today is to start to realize that you woke up this morning and are reading these words. Maybe for the first time or for the twentieth time, put a smile on your face and be thankful that you are alive today and you are going to get another day to live.

Stay safe.

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