Life Lessons from Gramma

By Dana Zillgitt, Regular ContributorSeptember 2, 2015

I was talking to my gramma the other day about transitional periods and how they’re often so much tougher than we realize they will be. It’s like that cliché saying we’ve all seen on Pinterest, “I’ve fallen in love with cities I’ve never seen and with people I’ve never met.”  But then we see those cities and we think….. “Wait a second.”

I love picking up and leaving. I’m really good at it. But what I’m not good at is starting over.

Moving to a new city with hardly any friends was one of the toughest things I’ve had to do. I’m still finding a support system even marginally comparable to the one I left behind. But something in my gut told me I’d regret it if I didn’t at least take a chance to see if I could make it there too.


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Now getting back to Gramma. She mentioned something that really stuck with me (other than to never let the bastards get me down): opportunities, honest to god good opportunities, are few and far between.  Yes, they’re terrifying. Yes, they’re absolutely mind boggling at times and starting over is the worst.

But if you’re comfortable from the get go, you’re not growing.

Being vulnerable has never been a strong suit for me. So hearing her just reaffirm that what I was feeling was to be expected. Yes, terrifying, but the end result? So insanely satisfying.

But how do we get to that grand place we’re all looking for? As cliché as it sounds, baby steps will get us to that grand goal. Our lives are not sprints or even marathons. They’re journeys we often forget to enjoy.

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About Dana

DANA_ZILLGITT_writer_bio_(1).jpgDana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander. 


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