It’s Time To Embrace Change In Your Life, Not Fear It

It’s Time To Embrace Change In Your Life, Not Fear It ¬©iStock/brickrena

Change is happening all around us, but sometimes instead of embracing the possibilities, we retreat in fear and allow our overactive imaginations to take hold, and that’s never a good thing. You’ve been growing and changing from the day you were born and it’s what’s made you who you are today. So the next time things begin to look different, just remember that it’s likely it’s not for the worse and confront it head-on. You never know what’s just around the corner, and that’s an exciting prospect, isn’t it?

  1. Change is natural. And something natural shouldn’t be scary. Everybody changes, whether they want to or not, because that’s just the natural order of things, and you need to accept that. Don’t freak out when things happen that are out of your control and instead, just try to ride the wave.
  2. If you don’t change, you don’t grow. By staying set in your ways, you’ll stagnate. If you never allowed yourself to grow or evolve, you’d still be the same person you were 10 years ago (and most likely, that person sucked in a few ways). As we get older, we generally change our outlook on life, and things get better because we become more mature and are able to see the world from a different perspective.
  3. You’ll fall behind the rest of the world. The world is going to change whether you like it or not, with or without you, so if you refuse to embrace that, then you’re going to be left behind. A good example is the explosion of social media in the past few years. Everyone has that one friend who doesn’t use Facebook or Twitter, and we all know what happened to them — err, actually we don’t, because we stopped keeping in touch with them since they were never available. They were left behind while everyone else continued making plans solely through social media. In other words, they were forgotten.
  4. With change come new opportunities and experiences. Change allows you to experience new things and opens the door to more opportunity. The world has changed immensely since technology took over, and look what it brought with it: millions of new careers. Now we have software programmers, graphic and web designers, social media marketers, positions that didn’t really exist in the past. And with all the changes, there are new ways to experience life. We all carry cameras with us on a daily basis and are able to share information at incredible rates. None of this would have been possible if we hadn’t embraced change.
  5. Embracing change means you’ll never stop learning. As the world continues to change and every industry evolves, there’s just so much to know that it’s impossible to ever learn everything in a single lifetime. But that’s actually a good thing, because it means you can never run out of new stuff to find. If you’re afraid of change, it’s likely you’ll board yourself up in your home and stick to what you know, and what fun is there in that? That’s something your grandparents would do because they never wanted to bother learning how to use a smartphone.
  6. Change is what keeps life interesting. If stuff always stayed the same, things would get boring pretty quickly. Imagine staying in your job forever, working with the same people, doing the same things, day in and day out. Or imagine just doing missionary for the rest of your life with the same guy who had the same routine. Now that’s something to be scared of. When things get monotonous, that’s when it’ll be easiest to embrace change.
  7. Change makes the world a better place. As history has shown us, the world going through changes isn’t all that bad. It’s how we got to modern times from Ancient Egypt. It’s also how women got the right to vote, gay couples can now marry, and recreational marijuana is legal in more and more states. Fear is what keeps things the same, and we already know what more of the same looks like. Change just makes things better for the whole world, so the next time you see a change happening, instead of immediately thinking of the negatives, start thinking about the potential for greater things.
Chelsey is a freelance writer in NYC. She's pretty normal by today's standards, or at least that's what her mother tells her.