Embracing change

September is a time of year during which many of us have mixed emotions. Perhaps you’re starting your first year of post-secondary education and you’re feeling rather overwhelmed; maybe you’re a parent sending your child off to junior kindergarten; you may be finishing up a job you thoroughly enjoyed to begin a new one.

Whatever sort of change we may be facing in a month that typically brings transition, it’s important to acknowledge that change doesn’t have to be something we fear. Rather, if embraced, change can be a glorious thing to experience.

I myself am a creature of habit and routine. I don’t necessarily enjoy change, and to be honest, I find it intimidating, depending on the sort of change I’m facing. But, over time, I’ve learned to identify change as a positive as opposed to a negative, and this mindset has significantly helped me to welcome change instead of pushing it away.

Learning how to embrace change isn’t an overnight process, though. It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that perspective can make or break you in a certain situation, and I still find some changes daunting. I think anyone who is human would say the same. And a small amount of fear is absolutely normal, and it can actually work to our benefit, depending on how we perceive and process this fear. Being conscious of our fear is entirely different than allowing ourselves to succumb to it.

If you’re in the midst of change, I encourage you to interpret it in a manner you may not necessarily be familiar with. Take change and run with it. Embrace it. Flourish in it. Don’t let it hold you back, but instead use it as a means to explore new opportunities. Change is inevitable, and learning to use it to our benefit can present a world of new adventures.

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