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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Soloway

Embracing Change and Evolution

the metamorphosis of a butterfly

Change (noun) - the act or instance of making or becoming different.

Evolve (verb) - to develop gradually, especially from a simple to a more complex form.

We all experience change and evolution over time. As various aspects of our lives develop, so do we. Ideally, we should embrace this process of growth and transformation.

Change manifests in numerous ways: adopting healthier habits, shifting friend groups, beginning or ending a career, and many more. While this blog won't delve deeply into the emotional and mental aspects of change, it's important to acknowledge their significance.

However, not all changes or evolutions are positive. One might find themselves in the wrong social circle, adopt unhealthy habits, or make unfavorable career choices.

Discerning Necessary Change

Consider the metaphor of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. The caterpillar outgrows its cocoon, breaks free, and emerges as a butterfly. This metaphor often stops here, but it's worth noting that butterflies don't associate with caterpillars. This signifies that after significant growth, returning to old ways or associations might not be possible or desirable.

This analogy can be harsh but true. For instance, if your new lifestyle demands early mornings, late-night parties might no longer fit. Similarly, some friends may not align with your new path. They have the potential for growth, but if they haven't embarked on that journey yet, it might be necessary to move on to maintain your own growth trajectory.

Change for the Sake of Progress

Feeling stagnant can be frustrating. When you're unsure what needs to change, it might be time for systematic evaluations in your life. Consider your short-term (1-3 year) goals. What changes are needed to achieve these? Sometimes, pulling on different strings in your life can reignite your progress.

A Hard Truth

a frustrated man holding his temples with floating demons yelling at him

Trigger warning: The following section may be confronting.

You've likely heard the advice to be cautious about who you share your plans with, as some might discourage you. If people in your life consistently respond negatively to your goals, it might be time to reconsider their role in your life.

Supportive friends and family should act as cheerleaders for your ambitions. This doesn't mean they should blindly agree with everything; their support should come from a place of love, not discouragement. However, be open to feedback that challenges your perspective. Constructive criticism from a true friend is invaluable, even if it's uncomfortable.

How Often Should You Change?

The simple answer is: as often as necessary. Change is a personal journey and varies greatly from one individual to another.

In Conclusion

Change is not inherently negative, but it isn't always easy. It often involves discomfort, but the rewards of growth and self-improvement are immeasurable. I hope this blog inspires you to embrace your unique path of growth and change.

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