1. to become different
2. to make (someone or something) different
3. to become something else
Fall is a season of transition – the beautiful foliage is a signal that the warm days of summer are coming to an end and the chill of winter is on the way. Some people dread this change and cling to the summer season while others eagerly anticipate the cooler months. Some of you have already started your fall term in college. Newbie Freshmen are keenly aware that everything is different, but even Seasoned Seniors have a transition to make.
There’s no question that change can be scary. Leaving the safety of what’s known to venture into something completely different is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes the fear of the unknown can keep one stuck – for weeks, months, years…or even a lifetime. How many of us have resisted the need to break out of a rut just because we couldn’t give up the feeling of security that our current circumstances granted?
On the flip side – have you ever jumped at the chance to do something different? Instead of feeling fear when confronted with change, some people are energized by the possibility of leaving the old behind and venturing into new territory. I just read an email from a WISP graduate who sold all her belongings and moved to another state to start a new job. She said “it is so freeing” to have given everything away and moved on.
Whether you resist it or embrace it – the only thing you can be sure of is that things will change. Just as surely as summer turns to fall and then to winter; so it goes that everything in life transitions to something new. For the college freshman returning to the classroom after being out of school for 10 years, to the graduating senior getting ready to start hunting for a job – every semester brings new opportunities, challenges, and choices. What will you do with yours today?
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.”
“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”
“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.”
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
“I didn’t change, I just found myself.”
“It’s funny how day by day, nothing changes. But when you look back, everything is different.”
“I am and always will be a catalyst for change.”