Whoever said “The only constant in life is change,” couldn’t have been more right. Change is everywhere. In the sky, in the trees, in the cities, in your home. The world is constantly changing and we cannot stop it. As humans, we seem to hate change, yet crave it at the same time.
For example, when a grocery store remodels, the customers will complain about it for about a year until it becomes the new normal. When before the remodel, they complained about the old state the store was in before. Or when a relationship falls apart because everything stays the same all the time and there is no spontaneity. Or when a relationship falls apart because they have grown into different people. Maybe they used to work, but now they don’t. Or when someone (like me) has lived in one small town all their life with too much continuity and wants a change, but likes her comfort zone at the same time (though I’d love to travel more than stay in my comfort zone). What about the yard sale you have to get rid of old things to make room for the new? It’s hard to part with precious memories. There is always this constant push and pull of emotions associated with change and we’re stuck in the middle of it.
Just as easy as change can be bad, change can also be good. And when the change is bad, around the corner comes some change that’s good. The good comes from the bad and feeds off of each other.
But I’ll tell you one thing, while it is hard to accept sometimes, I love change.
Without change, we could not love. Though, those two things go hand in hand.
Love changes you. Whether it’s for better or for worse, it changes you. It doesn’t have to be big or miraculous, it can be small and simple. It can be as simple as the way the world welcomes you, or the way others see you.
But I can tell you this, if it doesn’t change you, it’s not love.
So look around you. See the change. See the trees swaying in the breeze. See a pin drop or the breath of your pet. See the movement in the earth. Even if you sit completely still, your thoughts will change, your heart will beat, and your lungs will fill and then empty themselves again. You can’t stop it, just like you can’t stop time.