Come Gather ‘Round People….
Whoa! Why you skipping right to the words, you should hit play on that video. It’s amazingly fitting for the thoughts that came into my head as the day unfolded. It’s amazingly fitting for these times that we as an entire planet are facing right now. And heck, it’s amazingly amazing.
I can’t say as if all of those thoughts were necessarily about me. Thoughts none the less though.
I am always intrigued by the way each of us individually tackles change. Some even hide from it. The thing with change though, it’s much like water. Or the wind. It’s going to come. It’s going to happen. You can’t stop it and it doesn’t discriminate. It just happens.
At different times in our lives, we go through changes.
Years ago, as children, we looked at a 40 year old and thought “they are so old, I never want to be that old. Truth be told, I feel like 40 is when you get to have another reboot to life. Maybe that wasn’t the case 40 years ago. At that time, it seemed as though most stayed in their career path from start to finish. At 40 you were settled in, living your routine.
Now I believe that you have the ability to re-make yourself over and over and over yet again. You can be 50, no 60(!) and have another new life. Start a new business, send yourself down a new path.
Where was I going with all of that? I don’t even recall.
Anyway, we all accept change or we battle change. How do you generally take on change?
Keep Your Eyes Wide – The Chance Won’t Come Again
I know that this time is so incredibly uncertain for many. Small businesses may never regain their presence, large businesses may shutter their windows and close up their doors.
At the moment, the landscape is in a huge shift, how you handle that shift will dictate how you come out the other side. There are individuals who set new career paths right before the current situation began. Yet they persevere and navigate this changing landscape making their presence known the best they can. There are new businesses launching that may not even have a name or a business plan. And there are those that shifting their life path more than they ever believed they could.
“The Chance Won’t Come Again” When using that line, you know there is no statement truer. Or at least we hope.
Right now, with so much of the world on hold, you can sit in this and realize the changes you have been wanting to make. You can set a path to your goals. You have time to learn new technology, hand skills, and more.
You can learn new languages, read books you’ve been wanting to read, or work to change your living situation and grab hold of what you know you deserve. How? Why? Simply put, “The Chance Won’t Come Again”….
All I’m Saying
While I am rambling my thoughts and rolling with my words, never going back to read what I wrote or proofread (I should probably start doing those things), I don’t know about you but I am embracing these times.
Embracing new skills.
Embracing new life.
The alternative just doesn’t seem like a good option.
How are you handling this change? Isolation? Transition? Are you proud of your path or are you ready to come through this stronger? Braver?
Wherever you are, it’s okay. It’s even okay to not be okay. Just know you can do this, you can do anything!!!
I am no professional. So if you are in a difficult time, seek help from a support system and if you are in hard times, reach out to a professional.
That being said, some tips to handling change.
Think things through and ask yourself “what’s the worse that can happen?”.
The unknown is one of the scariest things our minds can hand us. Many times, our minds will create the story in our head and oftentimes, it’s not that kind. Reality though, what’s the worse that can happen?
How much can you control?
You may not be able to control every piece of the change. For instance, many times, it involves another party. You surely can’t control them, nor should you try. When it comes to you though, you can set yourself goals, to-do lists and more.
Is the change unwanted?
At times, change is beyond our control. In those times, you may need to accept those things that are out of reach. Choosing to be comforatble with the fact will bring more peace to the war that you simply can’t win. With that though, you can still grow and learn and in turn, move forward.
Embrace the positives.
When you find the positives in the change. Embrace those. Lead with them. Allow that feeling in your soul to guide you through the lows or those pieces that are unwanted or out of your control. Sometimes those positives are the only pieces you get to hold onto.
Don’t allow stress to control you.
There are many ways you can handle your stress, those ways are unique for each of us. Some may want to lift weights and build physical strength while building inner peace. Some may want quiet, yoga, meditation. A way to get themselves grounded. Some may long to be in nature. However you can control your stress, lead with that.
Find your support system.
There are individuals with large families, larger friend networks, and or therapists to call on 24/7. Others may not be so lucky. If you’re in the latter group, know that you do matter and you do have people that care for you. Reach out and share your current struggles and if it’s too much, you can even email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are in a difficult moment, it’s okay to feel, but feeling it and sitting in it for too long may not be the best way. In those times, reach out. You matter, you are stronger than you know. You matter! And if you need, Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
You, yes YOU, are loved. And with that.
Did you know that 1 in 5 adults struggles with mental illness? Did you know it’s mental awareness month? Did you know that in 2021 I am planning to ride my bike from Washington State to Washington DC to raise awareness for mental health as well as The Great American Trail?
You can read more here if you want, you can even be part of the journey by riding along through 1 mile or 100. You can donate. You can offer up a place to fill up with water if you’re along the route. This ride will take a tribe. Be part of the tribe.