Change. Everyone goes through it. Some people thrive on it. Others… not so much. But if there is one certain thing in this world it is that change is a constant.. and it can be either a dilemma or an opportunity, depending on your perspective. The very nature of humans means that the important things in our lives are in evolution at all times: family, friends, work, school, relationships.. they are all in motion, whether we recognize it or not. So how do we survive as the world keeps turning?
I am not a fan of change, honestly – it really pushes my buttons to have things be in flux, unless they are in flux constantly, which is in itself a form of stability, oddly enough. But as I sit here today, on my last day in a job I have loved (although sometimes been frustrated by) I have to admit that change can be pretty darn liberating, and even validating.
Since I announced my departure from Linden Lab two weeks ago I have had a flood of well wishes sent my way, some from people I didn’t even know were aware of me or the work I did. That has been immensely gratifying, and some of the things I learned I would never have known if I didn’t take the leap. Along with the personal pats, I also got a tremendous amount of validation for my next career choice, and even picked up some potential clients. Go me!
I guess the point here is that even though change can seem scary or daunting, or even just plain inconvenient, change can bring the good along with the troubling, even when it isn’t a change you have instigated yourself. The trick is in how you meet it. So go ahead and have some teeth gnashing, and a few good rants (hopefully mostly to yourself, to keep things clean ) and then leap on in to that new future with both feet. You might have to do some hopping and skipping and jumping to stay upright for awhile, but in the end you will likely be glad you did. Even if it doesn’t work out as you expect, the opportunity to learn is never wasted.
redexec summary: change, although unsettling, can be positive. just make sure you got on your comfy shoes.