Here’s my secret: I’m not fond of changes. I like things the way they are. I’m not the kind of person that moves furniture around ever now and then just to make the room look different. I put my books in the shelf and keep the order. And I realize when a book is put somewhere else. I don’t think that I have an issue. I just realize it. I don’t have to put it back in its place. Not if it makes sense (but I would not like to have a cookbook in the middle of my photo books…).
The more I think about it, the more I sound like an OCD case… but then I look around and can honestly tell you, that my place would look so much cleaner and organized if OCD would be part of me. I can honestly say that someone who suffers from OCD would go crazy in this place at the moment…
I simply don’t like change. I feel comfortable when things stay the way they are.
Change, though, is part of this life and if you want it or not, you will have to give in. It’s constant.
Over the last couple of years many things changed. Getting married, new jobs, having kids and of course our move from Switzerland to Australia brought a massive change along. Language, lifestyle, country, weather, friends and so on. And let me not forget about driving on the wrong side of the road!
Christmas is suddenly in summer, summer is in winter… And I have yet to find out if the water really spins in the other direction down here…
Life and all those changes taught me one thing over the last years: You can’t fight it! The more you try to push against them, the harder the situation gets. It’s like swimming against the current. Eventually you tire out.
When you are faced with a change, take your time. Evaluate it, try to look at it from all different angle and then decide how you can make it work to your advantage. When you have figured this out, you will find that it suddenly doesn’t seem as daunting anymore. That the change you feared in the first place actually is a chance and provides you with new opportunities. Instead of costing you energy because you fight it, it will feed you energy because you see it as a challenge, an opportunity. In the long run it might even be a gift.
When I look back to the time we decided to move to Australia I can’t stop but smiling. Back then it seemed massive. It seemed scary. And the idea was born out of a situation that was not nice. Looking back now though, this change was the best that could happen to us. I would do it all over again.
So when you are facing changes, no matter how big and scary it might seem, have the confidence to accept and embrace it. Believe in the good it will bring you eventually. And just jump in the cold water. At one point you will realize how refreshing it will be…
Inspired by the A To Z Challenge