Never be afraid of change!
Wow, what a year this has been. With the world constantly spinning around us, especially this past year when it seemed like we couldn’t catch a break, it is crucial to make sure that we are grounded. The most helpful way I have found to do this is to ensure that I am being fulfilled by the activities that I am involved in. Whether it’s a rewarding part-time job or a weekly club, I want my activities to be a time where I am built up rather than dragged down. I am very grateful that this past year has taught me how to identify when I am in a negative state and not be afraid to change it!
For instance, during those dark pandemic days where it was truly terrifying to even think of going outside, I had to keep finding the little things that made me happy. I found that the mundane routine of doing my school work and sitting inside just was not working for me. I finally started to find joy when I mixed it up by trying out a new TikTok trends or partaking in multi-hour long puzzle marathons. Even though it may sound silly, these small changes really worked!
Fast forward to six months later and I have adjusted myself to new spaces such as clubs where I can pursue my interests and new places of work. Going through the process of adjustment can be scary. However, I learned that listening to my gut is one of the best things I can do. Most recently, I found myself not enjoying what should have been a super fun part-time job. Being able to identify that this situation was not making me happy and then being able to find another outlet where I could have fun while working was one of the best things I ever did for myself. We must never be comfortable in a situation that isn’t letting us be the fullest version of ourselves. We have to allow one door to close for another to open.
Even though this pandemic was truly a dark time for many, I am incredibly fortunate that I was given time to self reflect. Knowing your body’s cues on when it is unhappy is the second most important thing we can do for ourselves. The first is not to be afraid of the change that it will take to make yourself shine again. 2020 taught us how to adapt to unexpected change. Let’s utilize the skills we were given and allow 2021 to be the year of us. I encourage everyone reading this to do things because it makes you happy and it’s what you want to do. Don’t be afraid of unexpected change!