Change. It seems to be the major theme of our mid-20’s. Or some may argue that change is the theme of life.
I can’t help but notice all the changes that have occurred over the past several years. How is it possible that so many life events can begin and end in such a short amount of time? How can we adapt to all the uncertainty in our day to day lives and predict the future?
As a person who thrives when there is structure and certainty, I’ve had to learn to adapt to change. While overall I have learned how to handle change well, becoming a working professional has forced me to adapt to change faster than ever. Common changes for those of us in our mid-20s:
- Career (from high school to college to entering the workforce to graduate school)
- Family (beginnings of relationships, ends of relationships, funerals, weddings, births)
- Friends (new friends, old friends, roommates)
- Relationships (single life, the dating scene, boyfriends/girlfriends, spouses)
- Location (moving away from home, studying abroad, traveling the world, moving away from our home state or country, living in a dorm/apartment/house with and without roommates)
- Technology (it’s hard to believe that just a few years of us most of us did not have smart phones)
- Perspective (from thinking like an adolescent, to thinking like a young adult, and for some, to thinking like a husband/wife or mother/father)
While it can be challenging to accept all these changes and to continue moving forward, it is important for us to not forget that change is good. We shouldn’t fear it; everyone experiences change and it helps us develop into the people we are and will be.
Today, I came across this great quote, which changed my perspective about change. I came to realize that change is the best way for us grow as people and advance the world.
Still not convinced? Here are more of my favorite inspirNational quotes that remind us to embrace change:
“Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something even better.” -Anonymous
“Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.” -Jim Rohn
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou
“Change your thoughts and you can change your world.” -Norman Vincent Peale
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi