It seems that all around us the world is changing faster and faster. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but maybe the world really is a different place than it was 100, or even 50 years ago. My friends and colleagues share the same stories about how they aren’t satisfied with their life; how day to day monotony is making them physically sick, and how they are desperate to make a change. They want to feel that their lives have depth; that they are meaningful and good, but somehow that feeling has been lost. Figuring out who you are and what you want to do with your time is a daunting task.
Reach Out to Others
Change takes more than want or need. It takes more than a plan or a checklist. It takes courage. And perseverance…and a little support from those around you. It requires self-reflection and working through personal bias that is blocking us from seeing the full spectrum of opportunities available. For many of us, this is a personal journey that we would much rather tackle all by ourselves (we must maintain the image of control!!), but that is probably the most ineffective way to go about it. When you share your thoughts with others, you open up a dialogue about real issues that many of us have, but most of us don’t discuss. By launching into your own thoughts and questions about the future, you will invite the support and feedback of those who know you best. With this information, you can help to form a more complete picture of your options, and identify areas where you have hidden passions.
Adaptability Doesn’t Expire
Change is an essential part of life. Each of us has the ability to curate the type of change we want to invite into our lives; we have the ability to shape the people we will become. We tell our children they have the ability to become whatever they want in life – they just need to work for it. This is true for all of us and doesn’t expire at a certain age. Rather than simply changing to adapt or survive, we can all make decisions that help to change us for the good and lead us closer to the feelings we want of richness, depth, and meaning. When you change, will you be changing for the good?