Change is hard.
Even when the change is welcome and desired, it's still hard.
The old ways pull at you. Tugging. Saying, "Come back!"
But we know when it's time to change, and we must; looking back with fondness, while still moving forward.
Change is sometimes necessary, even if the past was fabulous. Sometimes it's just time to move forward, the previous chapter is over. It's time to stop hanging on to what was good before, trying to re-live that time.
That time is over, and whether it was good or bad, the next phase has started, and as difficult as it is, the transition must happen.
We know it has to. We know it's the right thing. It's still hard.
Because we want to stay in one place, where it's safe, where it feels good, or where we at least understand it, we struggle to move ahead.
It's also hard to feel the pull of others, who want us to stay, want us to be who we were yesterday, to do things the way they liked, not to put them in a position where they have to change, too.
It's time to move on, it's time to grow, and the challenge of change is part of the process that strengthens our character as we move to the next segment of our lives.