Sunday, April 12, 2015

Change is as good as a holiday

The only certainty in life is that there will be change. As much as we know that change is eminent, it is the one thing we dread the most. Most of us like our routines and once we have found a life pattern, we struggle if change comes along. We also often prolong change that is visible on the horizon. We try to avoid and deny it. 

A lot has changed in my life in a very short period of time and has reminded me of the sentence ‘change is as good as a holiday’. It is very cliché, but I have to admit it is true. Big and small changes are the ones that generate new energy and challenge our routines. If it is a move, a breakup or any other life-changing event –we rethink our lives. We will interrogate what we do and how we do things. We break routines. It is literally like going on holiday to see new, unexplored terrain. The difference is, from a holiday you come home to the known. When change happens, there is no return. So it is like a holiday without a return ticket, and if we think of it like that, it will make us feel uncomfortable. Who is going on a holiday without return? We would not even call it a holiday…. 

I actually don't like change but because I have experienced the rejuvenating nature of change I still push for it. When change surprises me, I am first upset. It takes me days to get over it.  Then the moment of realisation happens, and I start to grasp the opportunity that this change brings. I have this deeply entrenched trust that things will be ok and that things will reveal themselves as good. It might sound superficial or even insensitive to hurtful events and pain. I know that some change comes with very deep hurt. It comes with overwhelming pain. There is change that makes us angry or sad. It is a battle – a battle of acceptance. Once we have gone through the battle, we emerge as new people. 
I would like to encourage me and you to embrace change.
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