I have a love-hate relationship with change.
I love it when I want to change, hate it when I don’t.
Change is inevitable. I realize that. But, I am a human who often resists change.
And there are plenty of instances that people will cite good change. Caterpillars becoming butterflies, seeds growing into beautiful plants. All great examples of fantastic, full-body, metamorphosing change.
But sometimes we are forced into change, and we don’t want to metamorphose. We want to remain the same. We are good with where we are. And change happens anyway.
Yesterday, I went to the eye doctor because I have been having a lot of problems with seeing clearly. I did need a slightly new prescription, but turns out, the thing causing my eyes to be blurry, was “dry eye.” She prescribed a new habit of drops in my eyes throughout the day, gel in my eyes at night, and no rubbing my eyes at all. The last one is the hardest for me. I rub my eyes for many reasons, and the conscious effort to not do it is dominating my thinking right now. It also means new routines that have to be set up and new habits created so that I can see clearly. Changes that I have to do to continue living life the way I want to live it. The good news is that it seems to be working. Even without my new prescription, my vision is clearer.
The doctor also told me that I should be sleeping in a draft-free area, so no fans or air vents blowing on my face. Right now, I sleep right on top of the air vent, so I am going to move my furniture around today to avoid it. This is a change I can get behind. I love re-arranging furniture as a small change in my environment. It always gives a fresh new perspective and helps me feel like I have accomplished something. And it has been a go-to in my life whenever I felt the need for change. Because I can always move the furniture back, it is what I consider a safe change. (Public service announcement: Ladies, furniture sliders are the best invention ever. I live alone but can still move all of my furniture by myself because of these wonderful things! I recommend investing in multiple sets.)
I don’t know what other changes might be on the horizon for me, but right now, I am feeling good about my ability to cope with the changes and maybe even do a metamorphosis. And hopefully, I will see clearly through it all.
We, as humans all have to deal with change. Some of us do it better than others. How do you handle change?