Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.
– Benjamin Franklin
What was the first thing that crossed your mind when you read the above quote?
How would you interpret it?
Although I came across the quote in my early 20s, it took many years for me to appreciate the meaning.
It’s one of those things we can truly understand after having lived a little and made a fair share of mistakes.
The quote implies some important aspects of life: why change is important in our life.
Why we should embrace change and enjoy the benefits of change.
Long Lost Dreams
When we’re young, we dream about many things:
- Things to accomplish
- Places to visit
- People to meet
- A dream life to chase
We’re fearless and ready to conquer the world.
The possibilities seem endless.
We have abundant energy and are excited about our unknown future with full of hopes.
By the time we cross the age of 25, most of us start a career or have been a couple of years into it.
We finally have our dream job (or sort of).
We have a regular paycheck, collect material possessions, form a social circle and start settling in.
And then the inevitable happens: we get comfortable.
We get too comfortable to the point we become scared of making any change.
Um… dream…? What dream?
Dreams are long forgotten.
Maintaining the status quo and striving for comfort takes priority.
We become a cog in the wheel, staying in a job we hate and coasting through life with no passion and excitement.
We may live till 75 but might as well have died at 25.
That’s how I interpret this quote.
Which made me think about the importance of change.
Here are 3 reasons change is important in our life.
1. Change is Important Because It Helps Us Evolve
We have an innate resistance to change.
Our brain thinks a familiar place is the best and safest for us. So it keeps us from deviating from what we know.
But change is inevitable, as the ancient philosopher Heraclitus said:
The only thing that is constant is change.
Resist this simple fact?
You’ll be left far behind and become increasingly irrelevant to the world around you while the rest of the world moves on… fast.
Imagine when everyone wants to communicate via instant message, you insist on sending a letter via post.
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.
- Solve problems.
- Move to a new place.
- Learn and deal with a new system.
- Adopt a new culture.
- Collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds.
When our life continuously evolves, it forces us to face a new reality and new possibilities.
We go through a process of trial and error. We adapt, learn, expand our experiences and grow as a person.
Not only do we build memories through various changes and experiences, we expand our horizons.
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
– John D. Rockefeller
3. Change is Important Because We Get to Know Ourselves
The more we experience, the more we become in tune with ourselves.
Through changes and challenges, we learn and discover;
- Our strengths and weaknesses
- Our unnegotiable personal values
- Things that make us happy or miserable
- Things we like or dislike
We get to choose to do more of what makes us happy.
Spend more time with people who uplift us. Whose values that align with our own.
Changes help us establish a solid identity about ourselves.
Which makes us more confident about ourselves and keep experiencing and growing as a person.
Change in all things is sweet.
There was a time I resisted change at all costs because I got too comfortable.
When I look back on those days, every day looked practically the same with same old same old.
Only when I looked for change to meet new people, experience, and learn new things and gain new perspectives, life became more colourful.
Embrace change at every opportunity and dive into the unknown.
By doing so, you’ll give yourself a chance to grow and create a richer life that only changes can bring to you.
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