It’s crazy how things can change in the blink of an eye. It’s like, one day you wake up and realize that everything you’ve been doing is no longer working for you. You look yourself in the mirror and understand that in order to get where you need to go, you have to switch it up. Yet, change has never sat well with me. Especially if that change is not on my own terms. However, like all things in this world, we must learn to live life on life’s terms.
Recently, I’ve learned that in every experience there is an underlying opportunity that we do not realize until after the experience has passed. By this I mean that, when we are in the midst of a new experience there is so much happening that we may not see things for what they actually are. Essentially, we are too close to see the entire picture. We often accept the pixilated point of view because we’ve convinced ourselves that we are happy. Yet, the words happy and comfortable are too often confused and wrongfully used interchangeably. It is not until someone or something pulls us back, revealing a much clearer perspective, that we understand that something needs to be added to the equation. Yet, in most cases, in order for things to be added, other things must be removed. Lately, I’ve learned that we cannot always choose what will be removed.
This chapter is about living, and this particular section is about learning. Learning to accept the changes that are thrown my way. Learning that there is always another perspective; sometimes far clearer than the one I am exposing myself to. Learning that in every loss there is a greater gain if I am patient. Learning that serenity and peace of mind can only come from within. Learning that some people are not meant to stay forever. Learning that as long as I am living, I will never stop learning.
It’s crazy how everything can change in the blink of an eye. Yet, some changes are long overdue.
Artwork by: Paulo Zerbato