I have been meaning to post this for a while- but I wasn’t sure it really made sense until now. I came to the conclusion in the middle of the summer that change is a good thing only if you don’t know when it’s coming. Change is only scary when you are anticipating it, which of course I was.
Last year, while watching a documentary the topic came up of how to stay grounded in the spotlight of millions of people. He explained: “I go to this park and even though I have changed, I’ve grown up and am living my dream, this park stays the same.” Somehow, when I was taking a walk on the beach, I realized how that feels.
In the beginning of a new experience we start to freak out because we have no idea what to do. We spend each second before anticipating what could happen. When we get there, somehow we build up the courage to put one foot in front of another and power through it. Before you know it, what was new is now old and something you used to be scared of is now second nature.
We know we have to change. We know that change is a good thing, yet we forget that we know how to change. Life is too short to freak out and live in the shadows of yesterday. We have to smile and act like we are okay. Because in the beginning it may be terrible having to put a smile on your face, but before you know it you wonder why you were frowning in the first place.
All you have to do is act the part, play along with life and before you know it the light will be shining on you. This fall, as it seems that everyone I know will be going through change, remember to smile through the pain because no matter how hard it is to change the adventures on the other side of the door are unimaginable.
If you ever feel lost or get ahead of yourself go somewhere old where you have memories of the past. Sit there for a while and think about what you accomplished. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll begin to understand why the world changes in the first place.