Thursday, August 11, 2011

Change is Good . . . Isn't it?

I've always believed that Change. Is. Good. That's what I tell myself, anyway. . . most of the time. The fact is, change is actually kind of hard--not to mention inevitable. Whether any of us likes it or not, none of us stays twenty forever. Children become adults. Time marches on. About the only thing that never changes is the fact that nothing stays the same.

Change can be hard, but accepting the inevitability of it and being open to new things isn't necessarily a bad thing. Otherwise, you take too much for granted and before you know it, you've passed important milestones in the blink of an eye.
I've been trying to teach this to my son, but at 18 time is still his friend. He mumbles a long-suffering "Ok Mom, whatever" and I know he thinks it's just more crazy mom-talk. Before I know it, he'll be leaving the nest and flying away to start his life as a young adult. Mentally, I know the whole point of raising kids is to see them become independent adults, but emotionally it is hard to let them go. Really, really hard.

I think the reason change is always so hard for people is that so often, we don't get a choice about it. It just happens when it happens, how it happens, and all we can do is try to roll with it as best we can. One of my coping mechanisms is to try something new on purpose, I guess just to feel that I've taken back a little bit of personal power in the face of a bigger situation that I have no control over.

Lots of things are changing for me. I'm getting older, and starting to look and feel it. My baby isn't a baby anymore. My professional life is changing, too. I don't know where I'll be, or what my life will look like when the dust settles and the next chapter begins, but today, at least, I know what I'm doing. Today I took the bull by the horns and started a blog, because Change. Is. Good.

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