Coping with Change

I’ve been thinking a lot about change these last few weeks.

Change can be a daunting subject, with the ability to provoke emotions of apprehension and fear. However change can also be positive, providing excitement, happiness and relief.

So how does one cope with change?

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Well I suppose it all goes back to the person in question. Personally I am a direct product of both my mother and father. Part of me is compelled to worry and be nervous, while the other part is enthralled and excited to see what’s next?

However, there has been times where possible larger changes have left me pondering for days… I previously blogged about a ‘Wakeup call’ I had whilst working in London, leading me to make a life altering change of travel. This was a very impulsive change, I acted on it extremely quickly, but in all honesty I thought about it again and again after it was done. Essentially I was leaving the country for a whole year, if not more. I was leaving the comfort of home, my friends, my job and the money. I was essentially changing everything I had known for the past 24 years. How exciting or how worrying?

I admit I was more excited than worried, but that’s not to say I wasn’t nervous – I really was. But I had made my choice, it was the right one and I had to live with it.

That was a big change in my life, but as I said the right one at the right time as I didn’t have the commitments of a mortgage, kids or debt to worry about. Nowadays that kind of change would require much deeper thought. I think as you get older it is harder to change, but while you are you

I realise my example of change is at the far end of the scale, but if I think about normal life changes the same emotions are very much a reality. Any change – a change in job role, a change in holiday destination, a change of lifestyle, even a change of attitude. They all can be daunting but my advice is embrace it. You don’t realise but it may open the door to some incredible experiences.

In my experience – some changes work, some don’t. Not everything will work out but hey that is life for you… My advice take the opportunity, embrace the change and live your life as best you can.

 


11 thoughts on “Coping with Change

  1. Great post, Dave! It’s admirable how you’ve embraced change to see the world. If you weren’t so adventurous we wouldn’t have met way back when. I’m forever grateful that we did.

    “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

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    1. Thanks Erik. It’s been too long and we would love to have the ability to come out again but alas change has made that difficult atm. Love the quote… I am constantly reminiscing of our days on Utah and Boulder… Fun times

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  2. Such a great post. Change is probably one of the certainties in life because none of us really knows what’s around the corner. My world changed completely last year when my mum went in for brain surgery that went horribly wrong. We’re now living with the ultimate change in her not being able to communicate with us any more. But life goes on.

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