As I sit here typing this, I’ve just gotten home from the orthodontist. I got my first set of aligners for my Invisalign treatment and my whole mouth/face/head/body feels a little weird.
The trays/aligners feel huge and obvious, a little rough around the edges and my mouth has a light taste of glue and plastic. Right now it feels as though these plastic teeth-correctors will affect most parts of my life for the foreseeable future (how will I eat? can I really ignore these long enough to sleep? will I ever talk normally again?).
When I got home, I texted my mom to let her know they were in, I’m not sure how I feel about it and I’ve acquired a lisp in the process. She responded knowing that I’d get used to them and I texted back “I’m ready for the weird beginning part to pass.”
And then I stopped myself.
In this situation, I want to fly past the beginning to get to where these new things feel normal and less awkward and I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming. And yet how many other situations do we bask in the Beginning Excitement and wish that we could keep that new energy going longer?
A new relationship, a new business, a new place to call home, a new car, a new family member or pet?
I think that I (and maybe you, too) need to really focus on appreciating all parts of the journey – the beginning where everything is new, the middle where it becomes a new part of normal and the end, no matter what that looks like. I want to enjoy every stage of life, every stage of growth and change.
So while my tongue keeps exploring the new inhabitants of my mouth and I seem to be producing an inordinate amount of saliva (and anyone who knows me well, knows that saliva is the grossest thing in the world to me), I’ll find all the reasons I need to be embracing this process. I’m grateful that I have the ability to take preventative care of my teeth and my overall health in this way. I’m grateful to have an excellent team nearby who specialize in Invisalign. I’m grateful to be able to have clear plastic braces instead of the painful metal ones.
Are there any areas in your life where you could be enjoying the process a bit more?