Dealing With Change

 In Change, Relationships

Have you ever been chugging along in your life, thinking things are fine and enjoying the comfort zone you’ve created, and then suddenly, everything seems to be changing?

For various reasons, people who have always been there decide to move far away, or businesses that you’ve frequented and enjoyed for years are closing.  Long-standing friendships take on a new shape or end, and everything is suddenly different.

That’s been happening to me this year, and it’s thrown me for a loop.

Part of it is the results of the Covid pandemic and the way we’ve all had to modify how we function, and part of it is that everyone needs to live their own lives, and sometimes that flows into mine, and sometimes it flows away from mine.

Whatever the reason, things are changing, and what I used to be able to count on is no longer there.

Now my challenge is how to adapt to the new reality and figure out who I am as I navigate the new beginnings.

This is tricky because I’m still grieving the endings.  However, I know I can adapt and create a new norm for myself.  I can appreciate the time I had with the people and places that meant so much for so long and cherish the memories as I now focus on all the wonderful people and things that are still here.

I understand that endings are a loss, and when we experience a loss, we also experience the feelings associated with grief.  So, I know when I feel sad, confused, angry, forgetful, depressed, and lost, I’m right where I should be in the process of letting go and adapting to a new norm.

I have complete faith that my new norm will be as great as the old one was and am excited to see what it will look like.

In the meantime, I’m allowing myself to grieve for a bit and continue finding the joy in all that is still here.

How about you?

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