Written by contributing blogger, Sonia Sahota.
Everyone has experienced this feeling whether it may have been a positive or negative experience. It tests your beliefs expanding your mind in ways that you have yet to explore. Once you overcome change, it allows you to thrive in situations that once made you uncomfortable.
As I near one year of living and growing in the city of Boston, I look back and realize how much I have achieved. Many of these experiences and accomplishments stem from change. Even though I was terrified at times, I let both the good and bad in.
I started my first full-time job adapting to leaving 22 years of a constant routine of studying and attending class five days a week. After a month in at my new job, I fell into routine with work, fitness, spending time with loved ones and running errands on the weekend.
The fourth month brought change within many different aspects of my life (personal, work, friends and just living a life beyond college). My mind was thrown into a frenzy, experiencing many thoughts that I hadn’t felt or expressed before. I was learning what my limitations were, what I could handle versus what was out of my control. I tried to fight it and held on to routine. After I loosened my grip on resistance, I learned acceptance and how change can be good.
Once I let change in, I was able to take on more responsibilities and opportunities since I was looking at life in a new perspective. Prior to that, I was blind to routine and was unable to grow. I thankfully had found a way and opened my mind up to being more flexible. Easier said than done, and takes practice (and reminding myself regularly). I started to embrace foreign concepts and accept ever-changing environments. I learned how to mold into the best version of myself. I began to face life with confidence and it was a pretty damn good feeling!
A couple tips include:
- It’s ok to say no to things, in order to say yes to yourself
- It’s ok to take a minute and breathe
- And it’s more than ok to feel stress, as long as you find a healthy outlet – I enjoy spin class, hanging with friends, and any macaron in sight.
Somebody once told me that it takes far more strength and energy to resist change than it does to accept it. Sometimes change is good. But you will never know..until you let it in.
Have an open mind and accept that change can bring opportunity to learn more about yourself.
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