On starting over—and over—again.
“Turning over a new leaf.” “Making a fresh start.” “Wiping the slate clean.” The terms we use to describe big life changes have a sense of intentionality built into them. Nobody would describe being dumped, fired or priced out of a dream home with these words; they are reserved for moments when you’ve seized power over your behavior and circumstances—when you’ve made the decision to say goodbye to a bad habit, and feel sure that it will lead to the
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