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Embracing Change


"Everything is about to change". This statement will either fill you with excitement, or utter fear.

Recently I read an article by Heidi Grant Halvorson that said that people believed that "longevity = goodness" (you can read the rest here), and therefore the longer we sustain something the better it is. This means that we are already programmed to be resistant to change.

My generation is one that is stuck in what I’m going to call a ‘change conflict’; we strive for tradition, longevity in actions and the ideal notion of being loyal when, in reality, we live in a world that is constantly changing and moving on. It is impossible to sustain both ways of living. In fact, I’d argue that it’s impossible to live a life of keeping everything the same and be happy.


Take someone like me for example. I am very happy keeping things the same, ignoring anything that makes me unhappy and carrying on not contemplating change. Sure, I was ok, but I didn’t realise how much happier I could be if I took the leap and went for something different. I had turned my back to so many opportunities due to fearing a big change, and I found myself being left behind as life was moving on without me.

Change is natural in our everyday lives. As people, we change as we grow up. It is just a fact of life. We aren’t the same people we were five or ten years ago as we all experience life as a learning curve. Each decision or mistake or action we take leads to a change in our person, and it happens so naturally most of us don’t even realise until we look back at time! So it always confuses me as to how resistant a lot of us become to change, and dwell on the negative aspects rather than looking at what positives a switch up can bring.

It is easier to just go with the flow and ignore making decisions that will create big changes in life but if you never try, you never know! I am a firm believer in making your thoughts positive regarding change. If you start a new job, for example, don’t think about leaving your friends behind and instead think of the new challenges and new friends you’ll make. Going through a break up? Think of all the time you can see friends and take time out to really focus on yourself. Moving house? Think of all the adventures you will have in your new home. It sounds so cheesy, but there are silver linings in every change… you just need to learn to focus on the good side!

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