We all have to deal with change. Change is inevitable and is a natural part of life. It can be growing older, moving to a new home (city or country), being diagnosed with cancer, staying up-to-date with technological advancements, death in the family, birth of a child, marriage, divorce, starting a new job, being laid-off or even fired. Change comes both big and small, easy and hard, expected and unexpected!
Most of us are uncomfortable with what we don’t know or haven’t experienced. So we are naturally uncomfortable with change and most often resist it, at least at first.
Sometimes the solution to a problem is to change how we see it. We should look at life changes as opportunities and really take the chance to learn about ourselves and broaden our horizons.
I know many people, including myself who were reluctant to join Facebook at first, way back when it was a baby. At first I was like, “Do I really want my information available online and how secure is it?” But after a while and looking in to it, I discovered that I could control who sees what, and that I can accept, ignore or decline friend requests. After realizing that I am the one who is in control and weighed the pros and the cons, I went ahead and opened an account.
Moving is another life change that we all have to deal with. Moving is stressful even if its a few blocks away, let alone half way across the world. As an expat living in Saudi Arabia, I can tell you that everyone goes through stages when moving abroad. At first its exciting, almost vacation like. Then when you realize that you’re not on 2 week vacation you become uneasy, missing what you have left behind, and often times noticing and complaining of anything and everything that is different. This phase is the most difficult, many people can get stuck in it, and others decide to move back home. After overcoming this phase you come to truly appreciate all of the wonderful things your new home has to offer, and realize that you will never find that perfect place, because it does not exist!
For me, living in Saudi Arabia has taught me to be more tolerant and patient. The greatest lesson I have learnt is that we all behave according to how we see things, and the way we see things is just our own perception of it and it does not mean that there is not another way to look at it. When we close our eye’s to new or different places, things, or experiences, we really are closing doors of opportunities to enrich ourselves.
So when things are thrown your way, accept it and make the best out of it. You never know where it will bring you and how much you can learn from it!
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