The Seasons of Life

Nothing is static. Everything changes. Just as there are different seasons throughout a year, there are many more seasons throughout a lifetime. I know that I’m only 22 years old and have plenty of life to come, but what you and I have experienced proves this to be true.

As we begin our life, we learn strategies of survival through the people around us. We learn how it is appropriate to act in public. We learn that table manners are necessary. We learn that going to school and learning is important. We learn how to play sports, do the chores, how to dress, what to eat, etc. However, what we have always known and what has always worked doesn’t necessarily last a lifetime.

If you need an example, look at your grandparents. Typically, they most likely have not upgraded or been able to understand the latest technology. I know of a few people who still use and balance their checkbooks when they can access all of their accounts transactions online. Technology develops for a few simple reasons such as saving you time, simplifying, organizing, or providing you with important information. All of this is meant to increase your quality of life by making it easier and better.

The reason I mentioned the example above was to show you an example of a methodology or technique that used to be effective but has grown obsolete. The same can go for many other things in life. Not one single equation will always give you the same outcome. Not even one single variable will always give you the same outcome. This is because so much is out of your control. You likely have less of an affect on your environment around you than you think.

With this in mind, we need to realize that we only have control over the way we respond. If you continue to struggle finding time to balance your checkbook, will you choose to change by switching to a debit card and viewing your statement online, or will you continue to feel anxiety and irritation from using an outdated method?

We need to be adaptable. Flexibility in a volatile world, an ever-changing social landscape, with an acceleration of development in technology growing, and with the seasons of your life changing as time goes by.

Whatever worked for you yesterday may not work today. Whatever works today may not work tomorrow. I’m not trying to tell you that you need to make a huge change in your life. All I’m trying to do is help you understand that your equation for happiness evolves. Tweak the variables in your life accordingly, and you will find that with change comes beautiful life. Adapt, evolve, and flow with the seasons in your life.

“Every day of our lives, we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference.”   – Mignon McLaughlin

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