Throughout our lives, our goals and aspirations change. For some of us that can be intimidating and become overwhelming. The goal that you have been working towards is no longer there to be your safety net. Without every change, no matter how small, we wouldn’t be who we are today. Every step of our lives requires some sort of change, but if we aren’t willing to accept that change our lives will become stagnant. A stand still. As time rushes by, we are stuck in our safe routine of comfort.
At one point in time, our current goals didn’t exist, then suddenly that goal became a part of reality as we know it. We started working towards this goal with all our driving passion and motivation. Aspiring towards something great, then out of nowhere, this goal becomes irrelevant. We move on to bigger better things, or we deny the change and become lost.
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” —John F. Kennedy
When we don’t allow ourselves to embrace changes, we are preventing ourselves from progressing in life. Every change becomes a part of who we are, without that change, who are we? Change shouldn’t be something that we fear. It should be something we look forward to as we move on with our lives, striving for change.
Without change, humans would be nothing more than lifeless zombies, roaming the earth. It would be an endless cycle of meaningless tasks. We wouldn’t have the amazing inventions and products we have today if someone didn’t take the risk to try something new.
One of my favorite quotes is from Steve Job’s commencement speech at Stanford University, in 2005. He stated:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”
This quote speaks so much to me. You can’t tell where life is going to take you until you take the risk and trust that things will work out in the end. If you haven’t listened to his commencement speech I would highly advise you to do so. I watched this a few years back for a class project and it has been something that has stuck with me ever since.
In order for our changes to make a difference on the world, we must first be willing to fully embrace the changes. We need to be excited and passionate about what we are doing in order for people to see its worth and potential.
For me, I thought I was going to go to school and become an Occupational Therapist Assistant, but my life had a different path set out for me. If I would have denied the change that inevitable had to be altered for my own mental and physical wellbeing, I would have been miserable through school and potentially through life. When I took the risk to accept the change in my life and go down a different path, I was able to unlock a whole world of possibilities. I have had so many goals arise from that change and I have become so much happier with the life I am living.
Don’t force a life that isn’t meant for you. Embrace the change and unlock your own world of opportunities. Be happy in everything that you do, and success will follow.