Yesterday, in “Why Do We Struggle Against Change?“, we talked about what it means to resist flowing with the changes that life brings us. We have also talked in the past, about dealing with the seasons of life in, “How To Manage the Seasons of Life“.
If we study nature, we see that everything changes, and continues to change. The same is true of our lives. We begin as a distant thought in our parents minds. Sometimes desired, sometimes not. Then we spring upon them with a burst of energy and a thirst for knowledge. We want to know and understand everything.
Somewhere along our educational journey, we begin to choose what we want to know, and what we, or someone else thinks we would be good at doing. We narrow our focus. We start learning less about everything, and more about one group of things. We become specialists.
However, there comes a point in our lives when most of us must take up the mantle of learning again. Often more than once. The world demands that we learn more, or that we learn to do things differently. This is among some of the more fascinating aspects of medicine. It is a science, but it is also an ever-changing art. How we think about things, how we choose to do things, the way in which we treat certain disorders is always on the brink of being changed. The same holds true for any profession. Whether you work in a factory as a front-line worker, hold down a desk in a large corporation, are in management, or own your own company, things will change. And, we, must change with the tide, or be left behind.
Change is scary for everyone at some level, but…
We fear not being up to challenge of learning something new and something different. We fear that others will see through our facade of super-powers. See that we do not know everything, and that we may even stumble while trying to adapt.
Opportunity and a True Story
Change often offers us a clean slate, an adult “do-over.” It gives us an opportunity to re-make and re-mold ourselves.
I am basically an introvert, but I think you already know that. It was much worse when I was a small child. In the public school system I grew up in, the schools were rezoned a couple of times, and I had to switch elementary schools twice. I can remember thinking that I wanted to be a little different than I was, shy and overly reclusive. My first step in this transformation began with dropping any and all nicknames when I transferred for 6th grade; which at the time was still elementary school. Dropping my nickname, made me less of a child, and more of myself. More of who I envisioned myself becoming. This boosted my confidence, and I flourished. This growth continued, and a similar transition happened when I shipped off to college. A new space, new people, a slightly broader persona, and the freedom to grow.
Step through the door. Make the changes. Your future awaits.