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.
Don’t forget where you came from, where you’ve been, and what you have. Our roots don’t define who we are, but even the darkest paths have the brightest endings. And we have lots to celebrate, lots to be grateful for, and lots to embrace that’s worth remembering. Where we go will be even sweeter if we remember where we’ve been and appreciate where we are. Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.
Stay true to yourself. Live how you want to, love who you want to, be who you want to. Extend the same right to others to be true to themselves. We don’t all agree and we’re not all the same, but that’s not something to be afraid of or something we should try to control. It’s something we should embrace, nurture and celebrate. Being different isn’t a curse, it’s a gift. We all emit our own light from our own source. We can all shine together – there’s no need to put someone else out. The more of us who shine, the brighter the world is.
The world teaches us to always focus on our weaknesses, our cracks, our flaws. But we need to stop ignoring and hiding what we’re good at. We need to play to our strengths to play the game. And we all have strengths, whether in our personality, our intelligence, our skills, our outlook, and so on. We just need to look. We should start using them, showing them and celebrating them. We should turn our flaws into strengths by embracing them. Focus on your strengths, teach yourself to love yourself.
Wake up with anticipation and believe something great will happen. Wake up with love and believe in yourself. Wake up with determination and give the day your best. Wake up with gratitude and be thankful for the beauty your life holds. Wake up with great intentions and share your light with others. Every day is a gift. Let’s make it count from the very beginning.
We won’t always be in a place we want to stay; we may be itching to get out of there as soon as we can. But there’s beauty, possibility and experience in every corner wherever you are, as much as anywhere else, if you look for it. Look, listen and feel. Explore, discover and uncover the treasures. Be all there. Appreciate where you are. Only then should you be content to move on.
What does it mean to grow up? Growing up is often muddied with seriousness and responsibility, and we interpret it as being tied down. But whilst we should keep our inner child within, growing up and taking responsibility for yourself is empowering, fulfilling and liberating. Because the best part of growing up is defining who we’re going to be, owning it and running with it. It takes courage, and that’s why so many of us suck at it. But it will be so worth it. Growing up isn’t something to shrink away from or fight against, it’s something to embody and embrace.