I wasn’t sure if I was going to write this post because usually I give advice on difficult things that you may have to do in life or in recovery, but this topic I can’t really give advice on this topic because I haven’t overcome a significant transition in my life in an effective way.
The reason why I decided to publish it is because sometimes it’s nice to know that your not alone in a certain situation. I’m sure like me a few people who will read this post are currently going through a scary transition and maybe even one similar to mine.
I graduated with my class this past Sunday from high-school, which felt absolutely amazing because there were times where I didn’t think that would happen.
Now comes the overwhelming transition, high-school to college.
Even though I am only attending a college five minutes away from both my mom’s house and my dad’s house, it is a huge transition towards independence. Independence is very scary for me, but I know it is something that will allow me to grow in my recovery and something that is necessary for life. That doesn’t make it any less terrifying.
I am currently dealing with anxiety and stress over transitioning to college and gaining independence as an adult in the world. I recently have changed therapists due to my former therapist going on maternity leave and deciding not to come back to work. I went to my first session with her yesterday and I think she will be a great fit for me. We talked about working on my anxiety around becoming independent in future sessions. I am grateful that I have her to assist me through this scary transition.
The truth is, everyone struggles with this transition and it’s never perfect. Just like nothing is ever perfect. I will accept that I will make mistakes along the way and I may not always make the best decision, but that is what this time is for: learning more about my identity and trying new things and learning lessons.
Thankfully, I have already started doing those things while in treatment for my eating disorder. This brings up another point: no I am not thankful for my eating disorder, but I am thankful for the things that have grown out of it and the experiences it has allowed me to have.
I am taking my first steps towards independence and yes it’s scary, but I will take it one step at a time.
Just know that if you are experiencing a scary transition, you are not alone. Many people have dealt with similar situations and come out of it healthier and happier. That is what I continue to tell myself everyday.
If anyone has advice for overcoming the transition from high-school to college, or any big transition, you are welcome to share it below.