Exciting, scary, wild, free: there is something magical about the momentum of the moments when we’re almost there. In the not-quite-ready, but almost, we defy the pressure to change while we live the just before, in transition. It is difficult and exhilarating, sometimes discouraging and also invigorating.
Here, four local women tell us about a time in their lives when they were on the cusp of something. We hope their stories inspire you to fully inhabit the not-quite-yet of your approach, and then to forge ahead into the new and unknown, confident in your ability to welcome with daring, joy and tenderness all that awaits you.
Be brave: receive the many beautiful things.
Sydnie Edwards: Having just graduated from Southeast Missouri State University, my whole life is on the cusp. I am transitioning to work full-time at my job, learning to care for a puppy, falling in love for the first time and soon to be moving away from my family to a big city. The bright, open space of our sunroom has been an oasis for me since I’ve moved here. It has been my workspace, my rest space, a gathering space and a creative space. I have had many long-distance conversations in this room and have wrapped up my college years in this room. It’s a special place, and I just really love it.
My roommate Savannah has had an open ear for me during this transitional season of life. She has listened and helped me process the whole way through. I honestly wouldn’t be where I am right now without her. My next step is to adventure to Tempe, Ariz., where my sister and I will be joining a good friend to follow our childhood dreams of living together. I feel optimistic and radical about the future and what is yet to come.
Something to prove: I have to prove to myself that I can succeed in my field in a more competitive city.
A song that has mattered: “Alaska,” by Maggie Rogers
Clothes, hat, and boots: Flame Boutique in Sikeston, Mo.