“Change is the only constant”
I chose this quote because I fell in love with it the first time I read it here on tumblr ironically. It always stuck and I find myself saying it to myself everyday. Change has been a gift and a burden of mine. Short story behind it, I’ve always had a problem with change. Whether it was in dealing with it or changing myself for the better… I’ve always been told to change, but it was the last thing I did. I avoided it. I had a hard time confronting myself that change was what I needed. Once I realized that change was the only constant, things became more clear for me…. it made me realize that if I was ever going to be happy, I had to let change in… I had to change myself.
For the past two years specifically, my life has taken an unexpected path… a path I never saw myself going down, but… I’ve never been happier or more proud of myself. I’ve always been the type of person to plan to the very detail. I made expectations for myself and I wanted to get there. I was determined to do so. But changing those plans, the plans that I had set out for myself, was the best decision of my life. I found more of who I was in the midst of doing so…I found out what I really wanted. It was hard…it was hard telling myself that the plan I had created wasn’t going to work… that it wouldn’t make me happy even though I had work so hard to try to make work. The ability to let change happen, it takes courage. Courage I finally found.
I love the irony, that change- something that never stays the same by definition, is actually the only thing that stays the same- a constant.
That’s why I got the words “Change” and “constant” to be parallel with each other. Because change will always be parallel to constant.
It keeps me grounded and reminds me that I and we as people need to constantly change to grow. Change is not inferior but rather the force and action that keeps our life and happiness afloat. If one can understand and live with change and the constant it plays in our lives, I think we can live a fulfilling life.
There is nothing permanent except change.
And though I may not exactly have a faith, I fell in love with this quote when I heard it at my summer youth retreat back in the day when I use to go. It reminded me that I have the free will to embrace change in certain ways. Whether it was God granting me the ability or myself, I do believe that the way we handle change can define us and ultimately shape the individuals we are.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”