One thing is certain; change is certain. Change happens and you can bank on it. Nothing in our lives seems to stay the same. If you doubt this, take a look at these changes that happen in the course of our lives.
Are you living in the same home you were a decade ago? Likely not. People move or outgrow a home. Some people size-up homes; others size-down homes. But if you were to take a general census, asking people if they were in the same home as 10 years previously, most would tell you no.
Studies show that workers change jobs numerous times in a lifetime. Are you in the same job you were in 5 years ago? Have you been promoted, or worse, demoted? Have you gained new skills and moved on, lost interest and moved on, or has the job been lost to down-sizing? Chances are you are not working the same job; your job has changed.
Goals and Dreams Change
Goals and dreams have a way of transforming into new goals and dreams. Sometimes it is due to failure to reach initial dreams. Sometimes it is due to having reached a goal and dream and then needing to form new ones. But sometimes it has to do with reaching different perspectives in life that don’t share the original dreams and goals. In any case, goals and dreams change.
Education and experiences can change our attitudes. When we are young, we might believe we are immortal, that nothing and no one can stop us from obtaining what we want, from doing what we want in life. But change happens and we reshape attitudes. As we gain new insights or have new experiences in life, our attitude toward our own mortality often changes. Attitudes change when events in our lives opens new doors and close others.
Kids come on the scene. Kids grow up and leave. Life changes. Empty nesting is a different experience than having children in the home. Relationships change as teens move into adulthood and out into the world. Sometimes family life changes due to a splitting of relationships, such as a divorce or the passing of a loved one. Family life is in motion. It’s subject to on-going change.
If you look in your mirror over the course of a decade or two, you will notice changes. Ageing changes us. It changes our physical looks, but it also changes our physical responses. We may not be able to do what we could do 10-20 years ago, not physically, not mentally. Age changes us.
Some people would claim that faith doesn’t change. What we believe about life and after-life is constant. But faith can grow or faith can fade, based on life experiences, obstacles, and new insight. Even faith changes.
Is your health the same today as it was last year? Are you declining in health, or have you improved your health situation through healthy habits or medical intervention? What about your weight? Has it increased or decreases since last year? Chances are something about your health has changed.
We change our possession, move in new belongings and move out the old. We sell an old car and buy a new one. We repaint a room or add a new garden to the front yard. Everyday we most likely change something about where or how we live. All the small changes add up to bigger changes in our lives.
The economy changes with supply and demand, with availability of credit, and the condition of the stock market. Politics change with newly elected officials. The world changes with new technologies or the events of war. Basically, the world sees change all the time.
Whether it’s the economy, our home, job, possessions, health, age, attitudes, faith, goals, dreams, or family life, one thing is certain; change is certain.