30 Things Before Thirty – Embrace Change
Change! I’ve talked about it multiple times, especially in this series, so I thought that I would give it it’s own post. How at any age, once you start embracing change instead of rallying against it, can be fruitful instead of painful. But what can be so good about it? And what if it isn’t necessarily change that you would have picked for yourself? Well there are ways to work around that too.
Change I’ve Experienced
So I have learned to embrace change in many different ways in my life. Honestly my day-to-day workday is always different and the company is always changing things up. I never experience the same day twice in retail, and sometimes that’s really good. I’ve also changed stores within the company, which has included changing town and states. Change of scenery + change of apartment can and has been good. If I hadn’t been living in Lincoln when I was, I wouldn’t have met Chris when I did.
Also through the company I have learned to be versatile with new managers and new circumstances that I didn’t know that I would have to learn. That has been amazing to be able to grow my management style in that way. I also hope to bestow some of that knowledge onto you guys. With experience can come some great insight. But not everyone has these same opportunities. So, clearly some of the change I have experienced has been very specific to me, but there’s also been change that wasn’t quite so good.
Why Change Can Be Good
Change is so good in a variety of ways. It gives you new challenges to face, to really test yourself sometimes. It also can help you grow or adapt to the world around you, which can make you a well-rounded person. That’s only a personal opinion, but I have definitely been molded by my experiences to this degree. I also believe that it makes you consider different options or thought process that you may not have had you been give the same routine.
Now I’m not telling you to go out and change every aspect of your life. I’m honestly not even telling you to change anything! But if something changes in your life, I want you to approach it differently. I want you to embrace it (duh) and try to find that silver lining, if had first it’s not clear.
What To Do When the Change Isn’t So Good
So, obviously not every change that comes your way is going to be the best news ever. My brother has been having a very trying time finding and keeping a job. I’m not really sure why, but he’s been through several jobs in the last year. The silver lining I can see in this, is that he isn’t capable of buying drugs because he has to be more worried about his money housing and feeing him. Clearly this situation isn’t good in any direction, but I’d rather him not be an addict. Now there is going to come a time when he finds his dream job (this is something I hope for all the time) and hopefully when that happens he will also have been clean long enough to not even consider buying something.
That seems like a really drastic story I told you but I want you to know that there is a silver lining to everything. Even some of the worst (not all, I know this) news can turn into some of the best, or for the best kind of news. I had a boss at one point that I wasn’t thrilled with and suddenly months later, I got a new one that trusts me and invests in me as a person instead of waiting for me to get to the next level on my own. Change comes in a variety of forms, just keep your eyes open for it.
Change No Matter The Size
I also want to acknowledge that not all change has to be major life changing change. Sometimes it’s even the simplest little things that can have the most benefit. For example I know that I need to drink more water. I drink soda and tea like it’s going out of style (especially Dr. Pepper.) But I know that water will make me feel better physically, less headaches, and clearer, healthier skin. So lately I’ve been drink 2-3 glasses in the evening, especially when I’m craving soda. This also encourages me to wake up earlier to use the restroom so I’m not stuck in bed all day. Little changes like this can have a domino effect in your life.
Now maybe the change you’re debating on making or the one that’s coming at you is scary. It’s a big life change that you’re not sure you’re prepared for. My best words of advice? Embrace it! (duh.) It’s scary and thrilling and you’ll figure it out. You’ll make a plan. How do you eat an elephant? Bite by bite. You can do this!