Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.
– Benjamin Franklin
When you read the above quote, what thoughts crossed your mind?
How did you interpret it?
I came across this quote in my early 20s, but I didn’t take it in. Just like my favourite debt quotes I wish I’d known sooner and heeded the wisdom.
This is yet another quote, I think, we can relate to only after we’ve lived a little (and made a fair share of mistakes).
Or maybe that’s just my prejudice and some 20s today know the meaning very well.
Anyway, here’s my take on it.
Let me know what you think and share yours too in the comment below.
Long Lost Dreams
When we’re young, we’re full of unrealised dreams and hopes.
No imagination seems big enough to dream on. The possibilities are endless.
Things to achieve, places to explore, people to meet and dream life to keep dreaming.
We’re fearless with full of energy and a bundle of excitement for our unknown future.
Schools are behind (finally!). Education is done. Or so we think, anyway.
We feel ready to conquer the world. Literally.
Nearing the age of 25, most of us start a new career or maybe a couple of years into it.
Finally, have our kinda dream job.
We have a regular paycheck, form a social circle and start settling in.
And then the inevitable happens: we get comfortable.
In fact, too comfortable enough to…
And now, we say:
Dream? What dream…
We become a cog in the wheel, staying in a job we hate while coasting through life with no passion and excitement.
The Dream… long forgotten.
We may perish at 75 from our beloved planet Earth, but we might as well have died at 25.
That’s how I interpret this quote.
And it made me think about the importance of change.
Here are 3 reasons why change is important.
1. Change is Important Because It Helps Us Evolve
We have an innate resistance to change because our brain does its utmost to keep us safe within the familiar zone.
Our brain is designed to keep us from unfamiliar things.
But change is inevitable, as the ancient philosopher Heraclitus said:
The only thing that is constant is change.
Resist this simple fact?
We end up in a place where all losers are being left behind, while the rest of the world moves on.
Imagine when everyone wants to communicate via instant message, you insist on sending a letter through a letterbox.
You might as well live in a cave.
2. Change is Important Because It Forces Us to Grow
Change takes us out of our comfort zone.
It challenges us to face new situations. Move to a new place. Learn and deal with a new system. New language. Collaborate with new people.
When our life continuously evolves and forces us to face a new reality and new possibilities, we adapt, learn and expand our experiences.
We grow as a person as each life experience stacks up.
We build memories after memories.
3. Change is Important Because We Get to Know Ourselves
The more we experience, the more we become aware of ourselves.
Our strengths and weaknesses. What makes us happy or miserable. Our likes or dislikes.
The values that are super important to us. Things and people we’re naturally drawn to.
We get to choose to do more of what we’re good at that makes us happy.
Spend more time with people who uplift us. Whose values that align with our own.
Through the process of changes, we establish a solid identity about ourselves, which helps us make a decision, make some other changes, experience more and keep growing as a person.
I used to resist change at all costs because I was super lazy.
Looking back on those days, I can’t pluck out any special memories because every day was practically the same.
These days, I actively look for change.
Meeting new people, experiencing and learning new things and gaining new perspectives.
I realised life becomes far richer when we embrace change and dive into the unknown.
Embrace change at every opportunity.
By doing so, you’re giving yourself a chance to grow and create a richer life that only changes can bring to you.
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