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The Opportunity Of Change

Change. What does this word mean to you? Does it excite you or terrify you?

Some people go through a lot of change in their life while others don’t experience it much at all. But no matter who you are, change is not always in your control. It’s something that throws you off balance, confuses you and makes you ask the question: “why is this happening to me?”

Change can take many different forms. Maybe it’s your first year at university; you’re feeling excited but nervous. Maybe you’re meeting a new friend, full of hopeful potential. But other times change can be damaging and difficult to accept.

Do you remember the times in your life when you had to let go of a relationship or stand up for yourself when it wasn’t the easiest thing to do? Or the times in your life when you felt so lost that every single sense in your body didn’t know what to expect? Everything that made you feel comfortable before may not have been there to reassure you. You may have felt like you’d been thrown into the middle of a field, all alone in the darkness without being able to see what’s beyond the horizon. It can panic you, creating fear and locking you up inside.

Well, don’t let it. Change the way you think about change. You are going to experience this more than once in your life and you won’t be able to hide from it. Instead of letting the altering moments in your life take a hold of you, take a hold of them right back.

Everyone goes through different types of change and we all know how it feels. One of the most difficult parts of the process is the adjustment period. The time when you realize that a moment has passed and it’s completely different than it was before. When you realize you can’t do anything about it but to accept it and move on.

Your own thoughts are the key vehicles to creating change that encourages you to express the truest version of yourself, whatever that may be.

You should see change as a challenge to grow and become a better version of yourself. Sometimes it may feel overwhelming, like it’s too much to handle. This feeling comes with experiencing the adjustment period, but it doesn’t last forever. Instead, it’s only a short moment in your life that pushes you to learn how to accept and work through change. One day it won’t feel as daunting as it was the first time.

However intense your adjustment period is, just know that it too shall pass. Think of it less as a painful or challenging time and more as a way to continue learning how to take on the problems in your life: head on, without fear of what may happen.

When you embrace this, you will feel liberated. It will be your greatest weapon in the future.

Every person is different and moves at different paces – and that is okay. You must take time to fully accept and understand your changes before you can properly move forward. Don’t compare, but instead be grateful for the one-of-a-kind experiences in your life that continually shape you to become the person you are supposed to be in the future.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style”- Maya Angelou

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