My family and oldest friends will tell you, me and change have never gotten along. Change became my nemesis dating back to the pre-historic era…kindergarten. Who can blame me? You just got unnecessarily plunked out of what can only be described as a child’s earliest run in with a luxury resort-like atmosphere; a sunny place where you get naps, snacks and play time on the regular. You’re happy, you’re adjusted, then out of nowhere, boom – change! Pre-school is out and kindergarten is in. Now all of a sudden, you’re potentially at a new building, with 5x as many kids, they are asking you to learn…memorize…recite things – a distant cry from “here’s a cookie now feel free to sleep for the next hour.”
Change continues to bite you in a** through youth, it is the lead star in your personal play called “adolescence” and seems to always be lurking in your shadow during those blissful years called your 20’s.
New friends, new homes, new challenges, new habits, new responsibilities…new new new new. With all this new, how do you keep hold of the “old” you? Here is where I lift the dark cloud…its OK to let go of the old you. In fact, its good! Because what you have now is a version of yourself that is wiser, more confident and more understanding and patient of who you’ve become. Time doesn’t stand still; embrace people, periods and experiences in your life, hey’ve brought great sentiment and joy to you in many cases. But accepting the past and living in the present is all part of life’s journey – and it can be SO exciting if you’re willing to go for the ride.
My favorite ladies at #TIU have a simple mantra, but it has stuck with me, “change is uncomfortable”. Change IS uncomfortable, but sometimes you need to feel uncomfortable to achieve greatness. Get out of your comfort zone, and you will open a world of opportunity for yourself.
No matter what kind of change comes into your life, believe you have the power to control your attitude and reaction to it. So welcome change head on, think of the new types of happiness and the opportunities it may bring. Whether a chance to better yourself, a relationship, a job or simply improve a part of your day – change can be good.