the first day

September 3, 2009 in writers workshop

The first day of the rest of your life. Why do people say this? What is this supposed to mean?

I count recall all of the times I’ve heard this phrase.

Kindergarten. “The first day of the rest of your life.”

Graduating high school. “The first day of the rest of your life.”

First day of college. “The first day of the rest of your life.”

College graduation. “The first day of the rest of your life.”

and then a few nights ago my father said something similar to me.

I was having a rough time. With the move, being apart from those I love, and the like. My dad said that he admired my courage. My courage to try something. To take a risk. Dare I say, the first day of the rest of my life.

No. I refuse. No single day can be the first day of the rest of my life. My life doesn’t begin nor does it end when I go through stages of life.

It’s a journey. And I’m gonna live it.

This has been an installment of Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Brown Girl September 3, 2009 at 11:57 am

I agree. Each day of your life should be a day that pushes you forward to something new, better, more fun…good luck!


Debra @Tangerine Kitty September 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I agree with you and brown girl!! Great post.


Jen September 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm

what a great way to look at things! Great post, I liked it.


Southern Champagne Wishes September 3, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I love this. It's not just those big days that can be “the first day of the rest of your life”. Thursday could be the first day of the rest of your life. Sometimes great things come about slowly and sometimes they're a big surprise, but rarely do they occur when I'm expecting them.

I so admire you for picking up and moving like that. I honestly don't think I could have done it, but I wish I could!


Life with Kaishon September 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Every day is the first day : ) Start the journey over and over again :).


Travel & Dive Girl September 3, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Great post! Everyday is a journey, not a destination (thanks Aerosmith). Enjoy it!


Sunshinemeg September 3, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Instead of one day at a time like they say, take one step at a time. You will find your way. Lovely post.


JW.BW September 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Great post, I love the way you put it!! I am sure it is a struggle with your move and the distance between you and bf, I know how hard it can be. But, it will work out. I also admire your courage many people wouldnt take a chance or make a change. I hope you have a fantastic weekend in Ohio!!!


little erin September 3, 2009 at 2:35 pm

good for you!


{JANE} September 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Definitely agree with this. I always try to believe that if I just keep going, I'll end up where I am suppose to be.


Unknown Mami September 3, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Well put.


Jeanette September 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Good for you!


Grammy Suzzy September 3, 2009 at 7:27 pm

First days…defining moments. Whatever anyone calls them, they are sometimes very, very difficult. I just came to the realization last weekend that my only grandbabies, so far, are not going to be living far away for just a few years, but forever. I am glad my daughter and hubby had the courage to leave and try to catch their dreams, but feeling sorry for me! Just don't let anything stand in your way.


Christina September 3, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Great post! Thanks for sharing! BTW, I love the quote on your header! Soooo true!


Lil' Woman September 4, 2009 at 12:55 am

I have to agree.
What does that mean anyway, that the days leading up to this were nothing…hmm


Raine September 4, 2009 at 1:30 am

I dont know. I think I disagree. I feel like every day is the first day of the rest of your life. I dont think it means that the other stuff doesnt matter, it just means that today is new and fresh. There are possiblities today. Today I can do something different. If I want. Or I can continue what I am doing. The rest of my life starts today.

huh. Maybe this will become a daily affirmation? Great post!


Erica Leigh September 4, 2009 at 7:45 am

think of it as the next chapter to your life. 🙂

you'll make it through. promise.



Jessica September 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

OK, so you definitely had an interesting take on this term. And, I like it! I had never thought about it this way…


Valerie {Next to Heaven} September 4, 2009 at 4:09 pm

wonderfully said!


Eva Gallant September 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Good luck in your jourey; you are brave and strong!


Kassie September 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm

I completely agree. Well said lady.


~**Dawn**~ September 6, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I don't think any one day should be the first day of the rest of your life. I think *each* day should be. You wake up, you get a fresh start, you keep living your life, one precious day at a time.


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