“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Unknown
When it is summer, the trees, plants, and flowers flourish. It reminds me of happiness and the truly great parts of life. When autumn comes, nature does not fight the change in season. Rather, nature allows itself to be changed by it. And in turn, a new beauty arises out of this change. Have you ever stared at the colourful trees and how beautiful it looks when the wind carries all the different coloured leaves through the air?
With winter, change comes again. And again, nature allows this change to take place. The rain cleanses the earth, and snow might fall. Even though everything may seem dead, it still looks so peaceful and pure.
As spring dawns, new life starts to sprout, flowers bloom, and everything seems so lively. Yet again, nature allowed this change – never fighting it. Every season is a transition into a completely different phase, and nature completely accepts these changes as every year passes.
Life is a lot like the seasons. We are constantly confronted with change. As humans, we want to reject it. We fight to hold on to what we know and what is comfortable. The secret is that we must allow change to change us. Without change, we may never experience progress.
Gail Sheehy said that if we don’t change, we don’t grow. And if we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. You may interpret this differently, but what I understand from this is that we can only truly live if we allow ourselves to change.
Physiologically, we are changing throughout our lives. From infancy, we grow until we reach adulthood, and our bodies continue to change until we die. We do not have control over this – nature allows this change to happen.
So why then do we fight change in our basic lives? I think it is part of being human to hold on to what we know, because we are afraid of the unknown. We are afraid that what is to come will be worse than what we have now. And yes, that may be true in some cases, but if we allow these experiences to change us, we will come out stronger, wiser, braver, and more compassionate.
You may want to make a career change, perhaps, but you fear the unknown. You may be thinking, “How do I know that I will enjoy my new career?” It seems like a big risk to let go of life as you know it, and pursue a different direction. (You could, of course, pursue a distance learning course in your field of interest. That way, you can discover whether you do indeed enjoy this line of work – without having to leave your current job!)
Remember, if the trees do not allow the autumn and winter winds to blow their leaves from the branches, then there will be no space for new leaves to grow in spring. If nature did not allow these transitions to take place, the next phase would have been impossible.
Summer cannot jump to winter, or autumn to spring. The same can be said about your life. We all have a different story, and the journey we take will differ, but we will all be confronted with change, and we must allow ourselves to be shaped and moulded!
It does not matter if you are in the winter of your life, or in the summer (metaphorically speaking, of course). You must see the worth of each season of your life. It has a purpose! You may not understand why the autumn phase of your life happened, but if you look back, you will see that it prepared you for winter. And in turn, winter prepared you for the most beautiful spring!