Change can be unsettling. From leaving home for the first time to switching jobs to learning something new, change is unknown and uncomfortable.
I found out today that a colleague is moving on to another role. Not only am I coming to terms with the fact that I’ll be saying goodbye to a friendly face in the office, but it will mean taking on new responsibilities and adapting to a new workload. It’s unknown and uncomfortable for me – and I’m sure for my colleague too.
But change is also possibility, opportunity, destiny. It’s about new beginnings, making mistakes and learning from them. It’s where the magic glows and strength grows. We should always be changing, even if it’s just the little things like our route to work or morning routine. It keeps our minds active, receptive and thriving.
I’m going to be less afraid of it, and instead, embrace it.
What could we do differently? It’s a question we should perhaps ask ourselves more often. We shouldn’t constantly focus on the problems, the flaws and the mistakes, but sometimes there are simple solutions that lie with us. It’s not that we have to do different things, but do things differently. Look through a different lens. Fail fast and learn quickly. Repeat the cycle. We are the students, the innovators, the fixers, the examples, the legacies. When we adapt, we thrive and the world thrives too.
Our selves are made up of a spectrum of intricacies: not just our past, not just where we come from, and not just who we associate with. We are not just one thing. We are not defined by other people’s labels. And we do not have to impose labels on ourselves. We are ever-changing. We learn about ourselves with each situation we encounter and each decision we make. We manoeuvre, adapt and grow, sometimes unexpectedly and sometimes naturally. Let’s be open to the evolution of our selves. Let’s grasp all our dreams tightly. Let’s march into the future bravely. Let’s not apologise for who we are or for wanting to change our minds. Be who you want to be at this point in time, and act upon it.
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It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change – Charles Darwin