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As far as I can remember, I have been asking hard questions that don’t have immediately revealed answers. But, as I get older and learn to take myself less seriously, I’m learning the value in questions with immediate answers.

I can’t possibly quantify the number of times I’ve been asked, “what’s next for you?” I like this question, actually. It’s more focused on the present than its counterpart: “so…what do you want to do with the rest of your life?” It gives you an opportunity to get excited about what’s right in front of you instead of overwhelmed about what may or may not happen.

I still ask myself heavy-hitting “look in the mirror” type things that sometimes take some therapy to crack. Maturity is doing something with the answers, when they do come, instead of thinking, “oh cool, good to know, let me keep merrily bopping on in this direction while knowing full well it’s shit.”

In the face of adversity, heartbreak, failure, misfortune or change I’ve asked myself, “what now?” But not right away. It can take hours, weeks or even months to have the courage to wander inward and explore the answers to that particular question.

The process doesn’t need to be perfect, and your questions might be slightly different, but the point is that chasing answers is the journey.

My blog is about the fear and fortitude that so many people show in the face of these questions.

Taking the first step in a new direction, either out of necessity or out of choice, takes enormous strength. At its core, What Comes Next is about having the will to be vulnerable, and doing what it takes to push forward, onward and upward. 

— Raegan Julia Hedley

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