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Lately, my life has been undergoing some very drastic changes. We’re moving across the country for my husband’s job. I need to find a job in a new city with my new career. We need to fix up the house and sell it; all in a span of a month! Add me trying to finish up four courses in my degree. A degree that is a complete 180° change from my current line of work. I feel like I’m being swallowed whole by all that is ahead of me. But I want a fresh, new start, and with these kinds of beginnings comes much chaos. All I need to do is hold on tight.


Time drags by

The ever-ticking clock,

Reminding me that I am too still.




I slog through my daily routine,

Wondering when my time will come.

The tick, tick, tick thundering in my ears.

The clock again?


The slowly ascending rollercoaster.

Here I am,

Nervously awaiting the crescendo of my ride, my life.

Tick, tick, tick…

Almost to the top,

Breathing heavily. Oh God, getting scared!

Tick, tick, tick…

The anticipation is nerve-wracking.

So close…

What will happen?

What will become of my old life?

I close my eyes and take a deep breath.

“New things, new adventure, new life.”

My eyes flutter open as I hear the ticking slow


I swallow hard, this is it!

Time to take that step.

The car pauses, I smile.


Whoa!!!! I take my new life by the reins and hold on for dear life.

I am free!

Originally published Sept 25, 2017

Lisa Mildon

Lisa Mildon is an offbeat geeky wordsmith, storyteller, and founder of Creatively Caffeinated. She has extensive editing and writing experience in non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and technical writing. In 2018, she graduated Summa Cum Laude at SNHU in Creative Writing and English. Lisa loves PC gaming, science fiction and is obsessed with traveling. A self-professed Whovian, she aspires to write for the TV series and in books. With her husband, they have 3 rescues, 2 adorable Rat Terriers, and 1 fat cat.

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