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David Bowie sang,

 Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Turn and face the strange

Ch-ch-changes

Pretty soon now you’re gonna’ get older

Time may change me

But I can’t trace time

I said that time may change me

But I can’t trace time

Well I ask you, WHY?  Why do we have to face the changes?  Why can’t we just pull the covers over our head, or click our heels three times like Dorothy did in the Wizard of Oz and make all these changes disappear? Not that simple. And we, as humans, are creatures of habit, right?  We often are moved out of our “comfort zone” which is difficult for most of us.  I know change is difficult for me. 

 

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When I was younger, I adjusted better to changes (or at least that is what I told myself).  What is it about growing OLDER that complicates adjusting to change?  I have learned with all change – IT TAKES TIME.   That saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” seems particularly fitting.

 

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

 

I mean, changes are tough.  And as we move along in our lives, we experience all sorts of changes –  some by our own choice, and some not.  Saying goodbye to a close friend, losing a parent and trying to figure out how you are going to live without them, seeing a child go away to college, losing a job.   Other changes include finding yourself newly married – or maybe newly single, having children and maybe having grandchildren. 

 

Mature University walking student wearing gown

 

Maybe I started with the changes we don’t look forward to, so I could spend time talking about the types of changes we love.  Change isn’t all bad.  Some changes are actually fun … we love those, don’t we?  A new friendship emerges with a sweet woman who just joined your church, a new job has turned into one you just love, or a house you just moved into has become a home.  Maybe your family has started to grown – a new son or daughter-in-law or a new baby or grand baby. 

 

Multi-generation  family in park

 

Why can’t they all be GOOD changes?  And why can’t they all be fun changes?  I know, I know … but this is reality, right?  Time to go back and talk about why we have to experience those other types of changes that most of us see may be necessary but not necessarily fun.

I have contemplated this many times, and I feel like life is mostly cyclical.  My life has gone in cycles… .good…. great…. mediocre …. crises… difficult… and there have been times I felt like I just could not or would not get out of the uncomfortable (and sometimes downright painful) changes.

So… keeping with the theme of “changes” … check back later in the week for PART II. 

 

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Author
Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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14 Comments

  • April says:

    This year is a big year of changes for me. My husband graduates college this coming December and we are starting foster care classes in the fall. Some sad changes are happening too, my husband’s Grandma is in really poor health and old (97) and may not make it until Next Christmas. Without change though, there is no growth or new life. Wonderful post!

    • Clare says:

      Thank you April – I appreciate your sharing your “changes” – they are difficult aren’t they?  Stay tuned for Part II in a few days –

  • At 43 years old I am still trying to adjust to some changes that have been going on for a while, it doesn’t seem to get any easier as we age lol, thanks for sharing

    • Clare says:

      No Christine (love that name – that’s my oldest daughter’s name) – the changes DON’T seem to get easier with age – but stay tuned for Part II in a few days – thanks for the comments!

  • Jennifer S. says:

    I struggle with accepting change, but I do find myself doing a little better with it the older I get. Some of my children struggle with it too. We all seem to very much prefer a routine life. 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Thanks for the truthfulness Jennifer – I don’t think change is really that easy on any of us – young and older!  Stay tuned for Part II in a day or two!  I appreciate your comments!

  • Maria Hass says:

    I confess i love change. I get bored with routine and like trying something new. I don’t appreciate it when the changes are painful – ive been there too.

    • Clare says:

      Maria – God Bless You!!!!!  I appreciate your honesty – come back later in week for Part II – thanks for sharing!!!!!  🙂  🙂

  • Starla J says:

    Agh!! Changes! I try to roll with them but on occasion I’d rather not.

    • Clare says:

      Ha ha – love it Starla!  Yes, change is hard – stay tuned for Part II being posted tomorrow and thank for the comments1

       

  • Carol says:

    I don’t like many changes at all.   This was good, Sissy!

     

  • Yes, everything on this earth changes but our God NEVER changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Such comfort.

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