These are interesting times. Over the last few months, I’ve spoken to many people with one thing on their minds: CHANGE.
Whether it is seasoned professionals looking for inspiration, young people looking to improve the world or folks looking to discover their own unique paths to happiness, it has become clear to me that more and more people are striving to understand how to affect change in their lives.
One person described her desire for change as an “emotional mosquito bite” that needs to be scratched. “It’s the kind of bite that no matter how much you scratch, it keeps itching to the point where you want to dig beneath the surface of the skin and really get in there.”
Her analogy was great because so many of us know exactly what she is talking about. But how many of us really attempt to “dig deep” to discover the source of the itch and scratch at its roots?
Change is not always easy and for many, the mere thought of it can be downright frightening. Real change often requires trying something new and out of the ordinary that we are not accustomed to incorporating into our everyday lives. Because we are more comfortable with routines and habits, it is difficult to ask ourselves to move out of our comfort zone into unfamiliar territory.
Rest assured that not wanting to move from your comfort zone is perfectly normal. In many ways, a sense of organization and predictability allows us to manage our busy lives and meet our everyday obligations.
So why does this talk about change persist? True, we have been listening to the very word uttered from the lips of presidential candidates for the last year and certainly we will continue to hear it from commentators and pundits until the word itself might begin to sound somewhat meaningless.
But the change so many folks I know are talking about is much more personal. It is not societal change: rather they are making an individual choice to look at their own lives. To finally understand the “itch” that has been with them for so long and not gone away.
Consider a client I was working with who, for the last twenty years, has worked in marketing. Her career has afforded her much success and she has no regrets but for as long as she can remember, she’s always felt that she was meant to be something other than a marketer.
For her, change is not about what might have been because she wouldn’t necessarily have done things different. Instead, change is about what might be moving forward.
Moments like these are a blessing because it can seem like all of a sudden we wake up. I like to think we are finally listening to our higher-self, that inner voice that has been telling us to discover something important about ourselves.
It is possible that this feeling can temporarily disappear if life gets in the way to divert our attention. But I would like to challenge you to pay some attention to yourself by turning your thoughts inward. If you engage your mind, heart and emotions on an introspective journey, you’re bound to discover the root of your ‘itch.’