Life is all about changes. There is, of course, The Change, which we women are very familiar with. Some changes are out of our control, such as ageing. Others, we can decide whether we want them or not. There is a perception that, as we get older, we are more resistant to change. Look at the expressions in our language- getting set in our ways; stuck in a rut; same old, same old. Who hasn't used these to describe an elderly parent, or a partner who won't fit in with our wishes?
We now have consultants in change management, which is an organisational process to help employees change behaviours and systems in a business . And of course, there are a myriad of self-help books and DVDs produced each year to help us make changes in our personal lives. There's no doubt that change is happening at a far greater rate today than at any other time in history.
I've always enjoyed change, but I've come to realise that this is because I'm usually the one instigating it. Like many people, I'm not so keen on change that is imposed on me. I grumble at the supermarket because, during a year-long upgrade, many items have been shifted to different parts of the store. I get cross when I've gone into the city and found my way blocked because of buildings being demolished after the earthquake, necessitating detours to get to my destination. But these are minor things.
I am about to make two major changes in my life. Firstly, I am going to move to Invercargill, a city around 600 km away, and right at the bottom of the South Island. Secondly, I'm going to start a university degree in Visual Arts. Because I live alone, I can make these changes without having to fit in with a partner. I'm excited about my new life and the challenges it'll hold.
What about you? Are you planning any major life changes? Do you want to, but something is holding you back? Or are you happy to continue as you are?