[Five Minute Friday] Welcome

Welcome to 2015, readers! I hope you had a great start into the new year and are excited for all the things to come. It’s Friday, so as always, I join a fabulous writing community over at Kate Motaung‘s place. 

It felt like the first day of school. 
Searching for rooms and familiar faces. 
Meeting new people. 
Slowly finding out who would become your colleagues and friends.
After five years of studying and two months of resting I am back in school. 
Literally, since I will be teaching highschool students very soon.
The new year is truly new for me. 
A new phase of life, full of adjustments, challenges, and changes. 
But I am not sure I am ready to welcome them.

I don’t know how your last year looked like. 
I don’t know what the new one has in store for you. 
And I surely don’t know how you feel about all of this.
Are new people welcome in your home and life?
Do you expect or avoid changes in your life this year?
Do you dread or embrace the future?

Sometimes life and its people overwhelm you. 
They surprise you. In a good way. 

When I entered the school this week I was surprised to see many familiar faces. 
People I didn’t know before turned out really nice and opened great conversations.
While I was mostly hesitant and scared of all the new courses and work to come I slowly rediscover a long lost feeling: passion and excitement for the new opportunities lying ahead of me.

So as we start this new year – each of us with their own challenges and joys – let go of the past and hesitation. 
Let’s welcome new people in our lives or allow old ones to surprise us. 
Let’s welcome interruptions and blessings in disguise. 
Let’s be overwhelmed at times and enjoy times to breathe even more. 
Let’s welcome life.

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer in the Wilderness. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People and Food at the Table Lover. Writer.

2 thoughts on “[Five Minute Friday] Welcome”

  1. I'm so glad that people welcomed you! Whenever I'm feeling unwelcome, I try to look around for people who might feel the same way and then I reach out to them (not easy, I'm an introvert). Best of luck with your teaching job!

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