You can call me weird if you want. I know I’m in the minority, and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I love change. I always have. I think I always will. If you’re one of the “normal” people, you do not feel like I do. You hate, dread and avoid change like a bad case of the flu. You may never love change like I do, but here are four things about change that may help you hate it less and maybe (because I want you to join me) even welcome it?
Change is exciting!!!
What if nothing ever changed? How boring that would be! What if every day was the same? What would we have to look forward to? When I was a child, I remember my anticipation each September of a new teacher and a new class. There were new people to meet and different things to learn. Not to mention a new pair of shoes!
Change is challenging!
Each day we have opportunities to solve new problems. It is so satisfying when an obstacle that seemed insurmountable is moved out of the way. What a thrill when a plan you helped create comes together. Once one challenge is conquered, there is usually another one that crops up.
Change is educational!
When something changes, we have to find ways to adapt. Sometimes that means mastering a new skill. Often what we learn is something we didn’t know we didn’t know. It might be something about ourselves that helps us live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Change is fun!
I grew up in upstate New York. We had four distinct seasons all with something fun to look forward to. I loved Fall when the leaves changed from green to bright red, yellow and orange. I loved Winter with snow flakes floating down, sledding on the toboggan and afterwards, warming up with hot cocoa next to a blazing fire. I loved Spring when the grass turned from winter brown to green and flowers from bulbs popped through the bare ground. I loved Summer with ice cream sodas on hot days and nights of swimming in our backyard pool under starlit skies.
Next time you encounter a change, think of all the plusses not the minuses. Enjoy the challenges and excitement. Just think, you might be glad to learn something you didn’t know. Different is not necessarily bad. It’s just different. It might even be fun!