Whether good or bad, change can be very challenging to handle for many people. I happen to be one of those many. This year my family has gone through so many changes and though some of these changes were blessings, it still caused stress. There is something to be said for stability. Though it might eventually cause people to feel stuck or bored, before that point it makes you feel secure and comfortable.
This year, I started working after a decade of being a stay-at-home-mom; my husband changed jobs; we moved to a new home and new school district; and we had a death in the family. I won’t even mention the small changes. All this upheaval left me feeling stressed and anxious. I tend to like the comfort of familiarity. With these changes, I wasn’t sure how I would handle life the same way. I won’t know anyone in our new neighborhood and I’ll be at work so what will happen to the kids in an emergency? These kinds of scenarios plagued my thoughts. I wondered how I would handle the new responsibilities at a job I had never done before.
I tried my best to remember that change can bring growth and happiness as well. It can help us overcome fears and learn new things. Though there is uncertainty and risk of failure, trying new things can bring positive growth. I guess life is about constant change. In fact, I notice that when I resist changing, things around me change and I have no control. I’m forced to accept it and find the good in it. We should appreciate our present and enjoy it while it lasts but know that change will come and there may be a positive outcome from that as well. Enjoy the present and be thankful for it but don’t be scared of the next thing. Even if you fail, you’ll get up and move on….or it might become something new that you love. This is all easier said than done for people like me but you have to start somewhere!