As we go through life, change manifests in many forms. Change can take the form of minute details or complete transformation, and whether it is expected or not, massive or minuscule, it is what gives life its continuity. Without change, life would be constant and predictable.
That being said, change is never easy. If you’re anything like me, consistency and routine are at the core of a “comfort zone”. I am not one to jump willingly into new situations, but change has made such a feat easier.
For the past fourteen years, change in my life has been miniscule. Years passed, hobbies and interests changed, but some semblance of a routine always remained. In the summer of 2015 that change became significant and taught me a lot about life. All at once I was leaving my home, starting my first year of college, and living on my own for the first time. Now that I am one month into college life, I thought that I would share what I have learned about change over the past few months.
Change Creates a Blank Slate
Many people reach a point in their lives in which they feel as though they need a fresh start. This can range from changing up a daily routine to embracing wanderlust and traveling somewhere new. For many people, the years from kindergarten through their high school graduation are spent in the same place with the same people. While this sense of familiarity is comforting, it also inspires the desire for change. This change may not necessarily be complete re-invention, but it allows us to change what isn’t working. Whether this be a routine, a location, or an environment we are given the opportunity to start over and bring our life in a better direction.
Change Allows Us To Grow
Change is often synonymous with trying new things. While this is a daunting task, we broaden our horizons in the process. By trying new things, we continue to bring our life in a new direction and enhance the effects of change. Through this process we often kindle the fire of our dreams, and allow ourselves to escape from the ordinary. Though we may not succeed at all that we attempt, it is the journey that matters. Failure can spark resilience, or inspire a new path. Likewise, success can lead us to new beginnings and guide us on adventures that we never thought we would have.
Change is Prominent in the Process of Self-Discovery
Every time significant change occurs, you are presented with the opportunity to assess where you want yourself to be. You can re-invent yourself with new appearances or ideals. While this does not happen every instance in which change occurs, it is often an element that is embraced a few times throughout life. For example, if you are someone like me who finds comfort in routine, you can establish a goal of putting yourself out there. While you may be desperate to return to your comfort zone right away, the more you try new things the easier and more enjoyable they become. Before you know it, you will be more confident about being put in new situations and the concept of change will not be as daunting.
Without change, we would be living perpetually consistent lives. We would never be able to fix what isn’t working or create a better life for ourselves. Even though change is often difficult, embrace it. After all, it is what puts the adventure in life. 🙂 What have you learned from change, I would love to hear in the comments!
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