Fall is a natural season of change. The leaves change color, and the air turns colder. Most say embracing change is hard and scary, and understandably so. Leaving the comfort of what was and venturing into the unknown is not easy for anyone.
This fall, when the leaves started changing color, change sprung up in my life like clockwork. I’m starting my first full time job at a hospital, which has been my dream since I was a little girl. Being able to put on those navy blue scrubs for work every day and provide my patients with the best care possible practically makes me jump for joy. Despite my joyous feelings, though, I can feel a bundle of nerves starting to set in. It wraps itself around me so tightly that it paralyzes me with the fear of the future. I wonder how I’ll manage a full-time job and keep my active social life, too.
Despite the questions swirling around in my head, I decided to change my mindset. Instead of feeling anxious, I chose to embrace this season with open arms. I will relish in the moments to come and get excited about learning on the job. I will embrace the opportunities that my new job could bring. I’ve learned to stop saying that I have to get through each new phase of my life and started saying that I get to. I switched up my mindset because the past year has taught me that life is precious. No one is guaranteed tomorrow, so we should all live life to the fullest and enjoy this season of our lives.
Before long, another season of change will disrupt my routine. I know that change is perfectly normal, so I’ll learn to adapt and keep on living. As human beings, we have the ability to adjust how we handle change when it comes knocking at our doors. So I encourage you to try to embrace change in this season of life instead of running away and hiding from it. If you stay open to change, a new adventure may be waiting right around the corner. All you have to do is open your heart to let it in.