The fear of change. Why do we fear it? It’s not the change itself that we fear, it’s the adjustment that causes the stress that we fear the most. Even positive change can make us feel this way.
Some changes we accept. Those are the changes that are so subtle they don’t even register with us. They happen and we accept that. For example, growing up. We deal with each stage of growing up and tend to take those changes in our stride. When something is part of the norm, we don’t stop to question it. We accept it as part of the process and get on with it.
The other changes that aren’t so subtle we spend a lifetime running away from, as the outcome to the Scottish referendum has shown. We want change but aren’t sure how we will adapt to change, but change is as big or as little as we choose it to be. We can either see change as a mountain to climb, or as a hill to climb. The choice is ours.
Our perceptions, depending on how we see them, will play the biggest part of how we adapt to change and can be the reason we hold ourselves back. The more mature, confident and self-assured we are the better we will adapt and cope to change. Because it took me so long to find out I had Cerebral Palsy, the change from not knowing to knowing was subtle.
It brought a close to years of struggle, where I didn’t know what was wrong. My site was also a subtle change, because it was a spur of the moment decision I took when I found out I had Cerebral Palsy and the decision felt right. To others reading this, it may seem like walking into the unknown on running and writing for a website in this way.
On the outset it could have seemed a massive change and my biggest challenge, but I decided not to look at it that way. When we face things head on without reading too much into what the implications could be, our reasoning changes and things become easier. The key is not to think too deep.
When things feel right, we will always find it easy to go with change regardless of the circumstances, but sometimes we just have to believe we’re up to change and take a leap in faith, or we’ll never get to do or change anything.