Day 2: The Closer, The Better

Here we are at Day 2 and again it is not an easy prompt. Today’s writing prompt is “The Closer, The Better”. The closer to what the better the what? Was kind of my initial feeling and thought after reading today’s topic of discussion. After that initial feeling of what? professional career and personal life, specifically, my relationship popped into mind.

Let’s start with professional. The closer I get to my goal position, the better and more confident I feel about my capabilities. To delve a little deeper, when I first started in my field (accounting for anyone who doesn’t know) I thought I was supposed to know everything. Have all the answers. But I quickly learned that was not the case. I was lucky that my very first job in my profession was very understanding. They understood that I was fresh out of college and that I would need to be taught how to apply that book knowledge to real life. They did not scold me or speak condescendingly to me when I made mistakes. They took the time to cultivate my talents and nurture my confidence. Now 8 years and 2 jobs later I feel confident whenever I enter my building. Do I know all the answers? NO! Do I have a lot to learn? Of course! But at this point in my career I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and there is no doubt in my mind that I will reach my goal in the next few years. There is no better feeling than that.

Personally, the closer I get to my wedding, the better I feel about “us”. Now I know this sounds really juvenile and shallow. But let me explain, planning a wedding, saying yes to becoming someone’s wife is nothing to sneeze at. Giving up the last name of my father, the one man who has been there for me no matter what for my entire life and taking the last name of another man is a very frightening thought. Something that constantly plagued my thoughts when I first got engaged. Let me tell you, planning a wedding will reveal things about each other (and truthfully other relationships friendships, acquaintances, etc.) real quick or at least it has for us. We’ve had to put differences aside and make unified decision. We’ve had to confront expectations some realistic and some that maybe needed some reconsideration. We’ve had to have some open and honest dialog about the future long-term and short-term. All in all planning this wedding has brought us closer together and closer to God. Coming back to the first sentence of this paragraph, the closer I get to my wedding, the closer I get to my fiance. In turn the closer I get to God and the better I feel about walking down the aisle and into the arms of my soon-to-be husband.

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