Since David Bowie’s death I have been humming Changes in my head. A long time for an ear worm, but one that seems incredibly appropriate for 2016.
I went into this year touting it as the Year of Change, both personally and professionally. It seems though, that the universe had more in mind then I did and I was hit just this month with far more changes than even I imagined. I’ve suffered the lows and rejoiced in the highs. I’ve been tortured and anxious and I’ve had to make decisions I didn’t expect myself to be making.
The one thing that has stayed with me through all of those moments is a slight niggling of excitement. Something burning deep within that has told me this could be really cool and in the end, amazing. Because change, no matter how scary, should also be just a little bit exciting.
The other day I was talking with a client who has been considering some changes of her own and in the course of that email I told her that her upbeat enthusiasm was something I always loved hearing (optimism again?). It is that person, the one who, no matter how fearful, moves with the change, who will be the most successful.
There are two things we can do when changes occurs. We can sit and hope it won’t and wait for someone to fix it so we can continue to do the same thing we’ve always done. Or we can get up, brush off and decide that we are going to be the change. We are going to use this opportunity to do the things we might have been sitting on. We’re going to tackle that book idea we’ve been thinking about for months, pursue the career path we’ve always wondered about, or finally buy that hot pink top we were afraid would make us stand out too much.
2016 is my year of change and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m going to embrace every little thing that comes my way.