"There are far, far better things ahead than those we have left behind." - C.S. Lewis
Last weekend, Sarah went back to Green Bay for a visit and had a fantastic time with friends and family. Upon returning home, we got to talking about what we left when we packed up and moved across state. It was a lot. The network of support that we had there was an incredible safety net in so many ways, and while we know that the people we know there will always be there for us, it is not the same.
It would be very easy to look at what we left and have regrets or want to return to it. As a matter of fact, there have been times when we have asked ourselves if it was the right decision. Ultimately, we know that it was. We have had to rely on one another for support more instead of our outside safety net which, while not without struggle, has helped us to be much stronger for it. We have been doing more to make sure that we are on the same page for our goals in life and how to support each other through the inevitable struggles. Together, we are meeting people and developing new friendships. They aren't a replacement but rather an expansion of our support which we know will allow us to continue to grow and take on new adventures.
What we left behind wasn't the people. We carry them with us in our hearts. What we left behind was a life where it was too easy to not grow into the individuals and the couple who we want most to be. What we have ahead has some unknowns, (Ok, a lot of unknowns. Fine. It's mostly unknowns.) but we are constantly becoming the people who will be able to meet whatever challenges come our way thanks to those in our life who encourage us.