I have this amazing sister. She was married to 16 years to a grade A asshole. He basically was/is miserable and depressed and angry and she loved him unconditionally and cared for him completely all of their marriage in an effort to love him enough to fix him. Then, she realized she couldn't. So she granted him a divorce and she moved on.
She dated this guy, Max, about a year after her divorce. He, was a kind/nice depressed/miserable person. She didn't see it coming right away, she thought, eh, he's not "that" broken. But, he was broken. And after a year of that 'relationship' she realized that she couldn't make him happy either and that she was settling for less then she deserved. So, she left him. She moved on.
Now, she is Open. Not bitter. Not jaded. Not guarded. Open. Do you see why she is so amazing? If anyone has the right to be bitter and jaded, she does. But, she's not. She's completely open to finding love. She says, love is the most natural emotion in the world. Everybody wants somebody to love.
She has met a new guy. He's kind, warm, loving, Open, and emotionally available. Their story has only begun but already it's obvious that they are suited perfectly.
You know what she told me? She said, "you know what the secret to life is?-it's moving on."
She's totally right.
Life goes on. Move on or don't, the choice is yours. But if you don't move on, you will be stuck. And being stuck feels like it. And moving on feels like that. Good. Move on.
Being a therapist, I am always talking to people about their lives, their emotions, thoughts, moods, ideas, beliefs, etc. Some sessions are more existential than others. But, fairly regularly, I have philosophical, existential conversations with people who are examining their lives and themselves. And, it's a pretty amazing job. And, I totally agree with my sister. If I look at my own life and ask myself, why, really, why did I "turn out allright?" Why, am I happy/content/at peace? Why do I feel so okay when these people who I sit with do not? One answer is, I moved on. When things upset me, unsettled me, provoked me, challenged me, hurt me- I moved on. First, of course, I felt the emotions, and I worked with them, validated them. Then, I moved on.
This begs the question, why can't other people move on? What installs in us the desire to move on? What prevents us from feeling motivated to move on?
And, with these three boys I (with my husband) am raising, what can I do to ensure they always move on?
Teach them to live in the present moment?
Teach them to name their emotions and then lay them to rest?
Teach them to value themselves but to also not take themselves too seriously?
Because moving on is a very very important skill to have. I need my children to acquire it, it might be the most effective skill they have. How do I make 100% sure they have it?