Sometimes things don’t fit anymore. Skirts get too tight, pant hems shrink, and worlds … well, they often get too narrow and small. They can constrict and suffocate, preventing any chance growth. Outgrowing a world that once fit like a glove is akin to a plant that has outgrown its pot. In order to thrive, a plant — like a person — needs a bigger pot to spread its roots. Plants and people need wiggle room to grow. They need the space to come into their own.
Replanting can cause stress for a plant, especially when its roots need to be cut and separated. And it will seem tiny and insignificant in a large pot, but with the right care and cultivation, it will flourish. Of course, nutrient-rich soil, feeding, and proper watering helps the plant in its new home. Changing the soil and adding compost is always recommended, especially for blooming and fruiting varieties.
I have outgrown the pot that I’ve been living in for years as I grow and learn and come into my own. What fit like a glove at one time, is now too tight and too restricting. In many ways I’ve already moved out of my pot. I deleted an old blog that represented where I was and who I was, but not where I am and who I am. I landed a full-time teaching gig at a very large university, expanding my world and understanding of what it means to be a college professor. I am doing a level of research and writing that often surprises me. And, I will be physically moving into a brand, new pot in Texas.
My new pot feels very big and overwhelming. I can’t really see over the sides yet, though the view of the sky is amazing. I haven’t quite figured out the proper ratios of sun, water, and food; but, my roots are strong and the new soil is rich. I wonder what kinds of fruit I will bear?