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Moving On

Time to move on.

 I have an idea for a project. I can’t get started on it until next month, but it’s a pretty exciting idea. Just the idea is making me anxious to explore it (if I ever get that far… so many ideas never come out of my head because the more I consider them, the more I realize it would be hard or impossible to implement them). Hopefully more on this in a few weeks, because in order to realize this idea, I’ll need a great deal of your help, your friends’ help, your families’ help, and anyone you know. It’s that big, and no, it doesn’t require any money!

 In the meantime, I have this to say about relationships… Relationships come and go in our lives. We grow by allowing people into our lives, opening up our hearts and souls to them, telling them our secrets, our fears, our hopes, our dreams. And by listening to theirs and never betraying their confidences or trust in us. This brings us closer to the person, and makes us feel less alone in this great big world. It is one of the great joys of human intimacy. It is one of the great joys of life itself.

 Despite this strength, many fear entering into relationships (of any nature) because of the possible end of such relationships. Let me state the obvious — if you don’t risk, you’ll never succeed. Know that your life is going to include hurt, that relationships may still end unhappily. But we all grow in having those relationships in the first place.

 Don’t try to live life without pain. It would be an artificial life, a life without meaning. Instead, understand pain as a learning experience, as a chance to grow and take a new direction in your life. There is nothing to be scared of… It’s all a natural part of living a normal, healthy life.

 Until next time…

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Moving On

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2016). Moving On. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 25, 2018, from


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