“Nothing endures but change.”
Change is the only constant in today’s world. We tend to hear and say this every day. But what do we really mean when we use the word ‘change’? Is it simply the outcome of the fast-pace, always-on everyday life? Is it a change in ourselves, as a result of our efforts and aspirations? Or is it the change of the place we are at, and the people we are surrounded by? Change could mean any of these. But more important than the change itself is the way we react to it… or how and when we bring it about.
If I would be to name one thing that I discovered in the last 10-12 years, it would be the fact that change unleashes a huge potential, regardless of the nature of the change. I changed homes (more than I wished and hoped I would), I changed my country of residence, I changed jobs a number of times, I changed occupations and roles in my free time, the circle of my friends and acquaintances also changed completely… The way I perceive myself and the world changed. I changed. And I continue changing every day. As overwhelming as it can be, change is actually nothing more and nothing less than an opportunity. It is up to us to notice it and embrace it. While I am writing this, I realize that I learned to embrace change, but at the same time I still resist it. Admittedly, not changing is convenient and it seems a safe way to go about things and life in general. But not changing also means missing out on what life has to offer, even betraying oneself to a certain extent. Seen from that perspective, is the convenience of not changing really worth it?
PS: It’s an interesting feeling to write the last piece of my (re)discovery blog series on the topic of change right before another change of roles for me. I am flying to Tbilisi tomorrow to take on a speaker role at a conference. Now I consider myself fortunate to be able to embrace this change. And will soon be blogging about it.