Just how does one manage change and transition? I have a 246 page book that tells me how to manage professional and career change but over the course of my life I have realised that sometimes change and the eventual transition are just not what you expected. I am not the same person I was yesterday let alone the girl I was 5, 10 or 15 years ago.
Yet again in my life I can see the changes ahead of me and I know that they will mean I start viewing my options and choices in life again and weighing up the pros and cons of what I will do. I remember be faced with military postings that meant moving to new locations and completely new roles that still to this day give me shivers. I really hated my year as a recruit instructor but it was a year that enabled a personal change in my life that I cannot deny was one of the best.
A few years later I departed from the military in love with someone who two days before my official discharge told me it was over. The rapid change and transition from that moment meant moving back with my mother and step-father and completely changing a spend ready life to that of someone on student benefits and the support of family. Yet I grew to realise that my mother wasn’t just my mother but she was a woman as well. That change and transition is perhaps up there with my top five that shaped me into the woman I am today.
The opening question still begs to be answered; and I am not sure I actually know how to manage change and transition. What I do know is that one must do so with grace, clarity and free from emotion. Well at least in my case I know this to me true. Professionally I know changes are coming and I can choose to be apart of the changes, negotiate my position or I can let someone else dictate where my place in the future lies.
Change is the only constant thing in the world, nothing remains the same forever so being graceful and accepting of change means letting go of the life we have planned. Dance more, laugh more, smile more, love more and enjoy the ride and the changes for they are inevitable.