I bought a plant from a store about five or six years ago.
It had really pretty green and pink leaves and came housed in a magenta pot.
The plant started out with three roots growing from the pot, and then sadly within a year or two, one of the roots died. The offshoot with the stems and leaves died along with it.
A few people told me I should just get rid of the poor plant, and that the rest of it would probably die as well. I decided against that because there were still some branches that were alive, and quite honestly, I would have felt guilty doing that.
For the next few years, absolutely nothing changed with the plant. Nothing grew, nothing died.
When I moved, I decided I would take the plant and it’s pot with me.
I placed it in a room that had a little less light than the other room it had been in, and I wasn’t sure how the plant would react. But I kept watering it sparingly (as the directions had suggested) and while it remained exactly the same, it kept on ticking.
All of a sudden, about a year later, a new bud emerged. “Is that what I think it is?” I thought.
Yep, the plant was growing!
First, one leaf…
Then two leaves…
Now three leaves!
This may not sound like a lot, but the leaves are fairly large, and when I bought it, it only had around nine leaves to begin with. (It also seems like the leaves are getting more vibrant, but I’m not 100% sure that part isn’t just in my mind.)
All this to say, the plant took it’s time budding, growing and leafing. It may have needed time to adjust to a new place after the store, to adapt to stress, or to find a more fitting environment. (You may know where I’m going with this…)
And so might you.
Just because you’re not where you want to be right now, doesn’t mean you’re too old, or it’s too late to be closer to where, or who, you want to be.
You may need a change of scenery, additional ways of taking care of yourself, or more strategies to deal with stressful situations. But what seems like “it”, doesn’t have to be “it”.
At times everyone can use this reminder. Just let the story of a little ol’ plant show you the way…
(And if you need another example of being able to grow: I used to hate pink for the first three quarters of my life. Now I have a pink plant, in a pink pot.)