With less than two months before the New Year is upon us, we will begin to hear about the new changes different people will proclaim [somewhere beginning around the day after Thanksgiving 🙂 ]. The New Year is always a season of attempted change. What about the times when change is thrust upon us?
It has only been one day since our new President-to-be was announced. Moans and groans could be heard across the country (possibly the world). Tears were shed, and disappointments and worry were voiced by those who despise Trump and, by default, despise the electoral outcome. This seemingly inevitable change much describes my life in 2016.
So much has changed for me and a lot of the changes were not by choice. My romantic relationship came to a screeching halt. My gray strands multiplied. I started a great new job after spending over a year applying to hundreds of jobs and going on many many interviews with no success. I moved back across the country to New Jersey from California, selling and giving away every single thing I owned (except for photos and things of sentimental value). I didn’t want things to change. I’m not a person who readily welcomes it. I didn’t understand why things were changing…But no matter how much I kicked and screamed, I realized I didn’t have a choice.
Sometimes change is inevitable. Sometimes change is necessary. Whatever changes come our way may not be our decision, but we still have choices about the way we deal with change and our attitudes about it. I wasn’t quite ready to leave sunny Southern California, but I landed a way better job in New Jersey. It happened at a time when my help was needed to care for my mother who was diagnosed with cancer around the same time. Who knows! Maybe that romantic relationship was destined to end when it did so there would be no reasons holding me back in California when my help was needed in New Jersey. Whatever the reasons, it’s not always easy, but I’m finding it easier to just embrace the changes that are out of my control and remain positive and focused on the things I do have control over. I choose to believe that brighter days must be coming.