Change is what makes the world go ‘round. Whether it shatters hearts and freezes souls or cracks them wide open for some reconstruction, humans need change like we need air in our lungs and blood in our veins. Of course, no one on Earth can tell you all change goes one way or the other, good or bad, but without it, there’d be no tests in life, no way to grow and improve upon ourselves. Without change, life would be a never ending tunnel that leads to a dead end, pun intended. It’s the twists and turns, the upside down spins, the fire and flame, and the depths of the ocean that turn this tunnel into a roller coaster, and one heck of a ride at that.
No one likes being thrown from their comfort zone to take on the challenges change brings, and many life-altering illnesses are the causes and consequences from being pushed too far, but without a step in any direction, be it right or wrong, we go nowhere. Sometimes all it takes is a little push or for some people, a swift kick in the behind, but hey, scars prove a body’s well lived in, right? For some people, change is gradual, working toward a goal. Switching up routines, making some food swaps, taking an extra few minutes to cool down at the end of the day. Sure, they’re not turn-the-world-upside-down-and-backwards changes, but before you know it, you’re stronger, faster, lighter on your feet, easier on yourself, and it took was a little something a day.
For others, change could mean the end of their world. Having a drink before taking that drive home could mean the difference between making it back and crashing into that tree just around the corner. One wrong word, one blowup could mean the end of a relationship that’d lasted years or it could cost someone their life because they’d been pushed too far over the edge. Signing up to serve for your country means you’ll never come home the same person, whether you saved lives, lost limbs, witnessed atrocities beyond belief, or didn’t make it back after all.
To think that these decisions, big or small, one-time or repetitive, planned or in-the-moment can mean the difference between life as you’d hoped and life as you never could’ve fathomed is beyond daunting. All humans can do is live their lives and take chances because you’ll never know what the right direction is if you never take that first step. You can help yourself by asking those around you, doing your research, and staying as clear of mind as you can, but the ultimate decision is yours. You may have to fight, get beaten, bloodied, and broken, but at the end of the day, time will tell if you came out better for it. After all, change is what makes the world go ‘round.