“The only certainty in the universe, is change.”
An Innocent Comment
I heard a comment just recently in regards to change, that was aimed at my own life. The comment was not made to hurt me in any way, but it still struck a cord. I took no personal offence, but it confirmed for me the mis-interpretation of the concept of change.
Personally, I am constantly changing. In what I do for work, how I think, how I eat, how I interact, my values etc. And following a recent “major” change that will be upcoming in my life soon, i overheard someone mention that, “Reece is still trying to find himself. Hopefully this is what he has been looking for.”
I find this very amusing and sad at the same time. I find it amusing because it is so obvious to me that the nature of my changing personality is being completely mis-read, and sad because I know that the person who said it, has been mentally stagnant for a long time.
This perspective of change (linked to “finding yourself”), is one of fear. One that suggests that those who are always changing, are somehow uncertain of who they are, and are lost. However, I believe the total opposite to be true.
“I don’t consistently change in an effort to find myself. I am already found, and that is why I am always changing.”
The Nature of Change
True change occurs following deep introspection of who you are, and what you value. It begins from the inside out. Those who believe people cannot change, are the very ones who have never changed themselves. When you personally experience a momentous change/shift from the inside out, you begin to realise that the very nature of life is founded in change. It is the fundamental constant in the universe. Everything is always moving, vibrating, expanding and growing. To truly experience life is to accept this fact. To experience joy is to embrace change, to learn and grow until death.
Society teach us to fear change. We are all taught to fit in, seek security, and never question. Perhaps that is why most of us think negatively of learning, and why we seek well worn and predictable paths.
To reject change, is to reject yourself. If you have not embodied this phenomenon in your life, then you are no longer on a journey. Your life is a means to an end. A destination founded in security, monotony and dullness. There is no eternal value to this type of life. It is a mirage of riches that you will never touch.
To realise this is to acknowledge your true creator. To acknowledge your potential and to take responsibility for everything in your life. I encourage you to change your mental construct over and over again. Teach yourself to seek new knowledge, adapt it to your world, and repeat. Change is growth. It is spiritual awakening. I do not believe that one can experience the joy of living without change. Go and find a truly joyful soul, and you will find new projects, creation, stimulating conversation and a drive to learn.
I repeat that no one can make someone else experience this. It must originate from within.
Change is not confined to daily habits like diet and exercise. It is a core value of the man who takes life on. Who lives to the best of his ability. He can create himself over and over again. There are no limits when you can embrace change, because you understand that nothing lasts forever. You are a chameleon in an ever expanding universe. Anything can be yours if you so choose.
So when I hear a comment like the one at the beginning of this article, I feel upset that the person commenting is missing out on something so fundamental to a thriving existence. To change is to put yourself in harmony with nature. It does require that you run against the grain of mainstream society, but I assure you it is a small price to pay for the inevitable fulfilment that you will enjoy everyday.