When you look up the definition of the word “Change”, the answer is simple: “An act or process through which something becomes different”. A definition that speaks of nothing negative. Nothing bad. Nothing scary and certainly nothing threatening to our currently cosy Life style.

So why is it that so many of us live not only in great distaste of change but even go as far as living in fear of it?

Most commonly people associate change with loss before anything else. Loss of the routine we got used to, loss of the good things we have going for us and worst of all loss of the “known” parameters in our Lives - the familiar and reassuring stuff that makes us feel like we are actually in control.

But what if we started to think of change as gain or even win instead?

The gaining of all the new experiences we couldn’t have possibly made if we hadn’t stepped out of our comfort zone. The friendships we gained by letting go of solitude and taking interest in the difference between ourselves and others. The faster, easier and better ways of doing the same job we’ve done day in day out. The resulting time we won back just because we opened our minds up and listened to someone else’s ideas and embraced change rather than fighting it before we’ve even tried it.

Embracing change can lead us on some truly remarkable paths we may never find if we hold on to that fear of loss too tightly

If you, like so many are struggling to accept or even initiate certain changes in your Life (studies, career or personal doesn’t matter), ask yourself what it really is that you’re scared of. Ask yourself whether gaining something new may not actually be worth letting go of some of the old. And most importantly ask yourself what may or may not happen if you try too hard to stay on the same path forever. Because whether we like to admit it or not, most things in Life aren’t really in our control. But we do always have a choice.

So is it easier to forcefully hold on to what you know or does it actually make sense to keep an open mind and embrace the new and the different?

Life is a continuous circle of events. Nothing is meant to stay the same forever. No matter how good something seems now, it doesn’t mean that it can’t get even better. And yes, sometimes change is for the worse - at first - but if you’re completely honest with yourself, more often than not, every kind of change brings something good. And that something good leads on to more good, different, new and so on. It is an ever-spinning wheel of change.

Whether you’re a student, teacher or else, we’d love to know what you think of change. How does it make you feel and how do you choose to deal with the unexpected changes in your Life? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below or on facebook. Thank you!

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