Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dealing with Change

Change is an inevitable part of life. Love it or hate it, things in your life have to change. Its what helps us grow and really it's what makes life interesting. Still, change isn't the most fun thing ever, it's feelings of discomfort and having to figure out how to navigate the unknown. Moving to a new city, knowing absolutely no one and having to re-orient my whole life has been enough change to make me think rather a lot about the whole subject.

Perhaps the thing that makes change so uncomfortable is not the new but rather having to leave behind the old. Humans are creatures of habit and so naturally it goes against every instinct to leave behind anything that we're used to. Letting go is never easy and missing what once was is an inevitable part of change but maybe if we could learn to appreciate what once was and then let it go to make room for the new, change wouldn't be all that hard.

On the flip side, sometimes change is exactly what we need and want. It's an opportunity to start over and be the person you really want to be. That in itself can be kind of pressurizing; the idea that everything we do now should be better than the things we were doing before. Perhaps this self inflicted pressure makes change harder than it needs to be and learning to let that pressure go could help make everything a little easier.

In the end though, there is only one true salve for the discomfort of change and that's time. There is little time can't fix and after a while even change will become habit and before you know it you'll be settled in a new life. So perhaps the best way to deal with change is to embrace it for all it's glory (discomfort and all) and to enjoy the moments as they come. Appreciate the new opportunities change brings and find peace in knowing that with time this will become your comfort zone.

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