Change is inevitable, change is necessary, change is growth.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein
Nothing stays the same. The trees continue to grow, the earth constantly moves, and you become a new person through every dilemma you’ve experienced.
Trying to stay the same is impossible. You are not the same person you were ten minutes ago and definitely not ten years ago. You’ve gone through major and minor life lessons. You’ve been knocked down more than a few times, but you maintained the will to keep living.
Change is necessary
Change introduces you to a whole new world of excitement, opportunities, and growth potential. Failing to change as you grow will result in feeling stuck.
Sometimes, the best change you can make is as simple as changing your environment. That could mean either rearranging the furniture in your home or moving to another country. It depends entirely on your preference.
I recently sold everything I owned, including the carpet on the floor, from my apartment that I lived in. I felt that it was time to let everything go. Admittedly, it took a lot of mental work before I was able to physically let go of all the things I had accumulated in the mere two years that I lived in my apartment.
My life felt like it was in shambles and the only sane thing I could do was walk away from all of it.
From crying to denial to acceptance and finally letting go, I was able to reap the benefits that came with embracing change.
Accepting change is the first step to changing your life.
Top 5 benefits of change:
“You cannot heal in the same environment that made you sick.” I read this quote about four years ago and it changed my life. At that time, everything felt upside down. I was being taken advantage of without fully understanding what was happening. I wasn’t at my lowest point but it felt pretty close to it.
The moment I decided to change where I was living, who I was spending my time with, and how I was eating, everything started to transform.
Once I changed my perspective, I started to see and understand previously confusing things. All it took was a massive move and that’s not an easy task while living in New York.
You might not need to uproot your life to see things from a different perspective, but you will need to change your environment.
Spending time away from your daily hustle and bustle will spark new ideas and provide you new solutions to problems that currently may seem impossible.
If you have free access to the countryside or enough funds to book an Airbnb cabin in the woods for a month, do it and disconnect from all social media platforms. Spend some quality time with yourself to understand why certain situations affect you the way they do.
Take the time to dive deep within yourself without distractions. Change starts from within.
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ― Leo Tolstoy
New experiences and opportunities
I love to explore new places and learn new things. My thirst for knowledge is truly unquenchable. A great benefit of embracing change is that you’ll never have the chance to be bored.
There are so many exciting and beautiful things to see and do. If you feel bored, then you’re not trying anything new and going beyond your comfort zone.
Don’t let a dull routine hold you back from living. An open mind will become an experienced mind.
Try things you think of as weird and see how you feel about them. Since change is necessary and also inevitable, it’s best to explore the wild unknowns so you can become more familiar with what you like and dislike.
How will you know if you love jumping out of an airplane if you’ve never tried it? How will you land that dream job if you keep telling yourself that you’re not ready?
The thing about life is, when something doesn’t seamlessly mesh with your personality, it gives you a warning. That warning ranges from a small gut feeling you can’t shake to your brain screaming at you to stop immediately.
Embrace the unknown. Embrace change because that’s where you’ll find your authentic self.
“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Life should be exciting! You should wake up every day and look forward to all the new things you’ll be learning and experiencing.
Life is meant to be lived, barely surviving is unacceptable.
Going back to a point I made earlier, a change could be as simple as changing the environment you chose to dwell in.
Incorporate Marie Kondo’s approach into your life; if it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it.
Fear is equal to misunderstanding. As humans, our natural first response to something unknown is fear. This is why when we learn about things we become less fearful and more understanding.
Change opens your perspective and reveals the knowledge you need to dissipate fear.
I had a fear of letting go when it came to selling all my belongings and apartment. It was my first time letting go of everything I had accumulated since I moved to America at 15 years old.
All my artwork, sculptures, souvenirs, and everything I held on to for years were gone in a couple of hours. And, at that very moment, I felt extreme relief and immense joy.
I became excited that the couch and bed that made me happy would now bring someone else joy. I felt like a load was lifted off my shoulders.
I had never been willing to let go of everything before. If I only knew how amazing and liberating I would have felt, I’d have sold all my things a long time ago.
Change is necessary to dissolve all fear. Change shows you how the fear that once crippled you from making the first move was all in your head.
Become your authentic self
Without changes in our lives, we wouldn’t know how to walk, speak, or interact with people.
Fearing change is fearing growth.
If you have any desire to become the best version of yourself, you must embrace change to its fullest. You cannot learn what to do and not do without change.
You learn who you are from the situations you deal with. The more challenging a situation becomes, the deeper you have to dive within yourself for the answers.
Going through dark days and confusion is an indication that you need to connect with your inner self to find the answers you seek to solve the problems you face.
Change is a shapeshifter, and it comes in many forms. From challenges to hidden lessons and difficult situations, they all serve a purpose. It is to help you become your authentic self.
I hope this article has inspired you to embrace change instead of fearing it. Understand that you learn the most valuable tips in life by embracing change, challenges, and dilemmas, not by avoiding them and forcing yourself to stay the same.
Thank the next person who points out to you that you’ve changed. It simply means that you’re growing into the person you’re meant to be and it’s shining brightly.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi