Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

“But things change, and that’s the way it is”
-2Pac on “Changes

With Fall upon us, I wanted to take a moment out and talk about changes. However, I didn’t wanna stop there; specifically, I wanted to talk about embracing changes.

Before we get ahead of ourselves though, WELCOME! Welcome to the September 2020 Opinions Column (super late again, yes I know!). I’m thinking about restructuring the whole Opinions Column after all this lateness lol (but that’s for another discussion). Anyway, if you’re new here, this is the place where I talk about what’s on my mind. For those returning, you already know wsup. And with that, let’s talk embracing these kinds we called changes.

So if there’s one thing that’s inevitable with life, it’s change. Whether it’s growing up, rites of passages, or just the simple day-to-day small changes that amount to big ones over time, there’s many different ways we encounter transition in our lives. And sometimes, those changes can be difficult to accept. Is it the fear of the unknown that makes it so hard? Perhaps. But I think for most of us, it’s the whole “letting go” part that’s harder.

While it’s difficult to let go of the past for something we don’t know much about, it’s an inevitability of life. Change happens to all of us, whether we want it or not. So how do we deal with it, then?

To me, I think it’s important to focus on perspective. If you adjust the way you think about change, it may make it easier when things do happen. What do you mean, ‘Jaxxx? Well, instead of dreading the first day of this, last day of that, or anything else, try to adjust the way you look at it. Tell yourself this was bound to happen because change is inevitable. Additionally, remind yourself that there’s still an exciting future ahead. Think of all the NEW things that you’ll experience by letting go of the past. It might just be better, more fun, or more enriching for you. Trying to think like this may not always come easy, but it may help with adjusting to change.

Another thing that you can try to do is prepare yourself for change. If you know something is coming up, get a head start on making preparations so it doesn’t come at you all at once. I’ve found that gradual transition is A LOT easier than a drastic shift. Slow growth is sometimes more effective than the rapid kind, and easier to handle.

And lastly, talk to someone! If change is difficult for you, it helps to talk to someone else about it. Getting these worries (if that’s what they are) out of your head can be extremely therapeutic. Plus, the person you’re telling may provide you with a different outlook that you didn’t consider. Even if that doesn’t happen, it still feels good to talk about things. So yeah, I’d encourage that as well.

You know what, writing this has actually helped me with change lol. How ironic.

Hopefully these little tips can help you with not just accepting change, but embracing it.

Until the next one, folks. Stay up, stay safe, and hold ya head. Ajaxxx signing out, PEACEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!