With Autumn fast approaching, it got me thinking about how quickly things change. Seasons change, situations change, friendships change.
Change can be scary at first, sometimes it can even be painful. We may not be willing to embrace it, but, like the seasons, change is necessary in order for growth.
When the luscious, green leaves of Summer begin to make their transition into the Amber and gold shades of Autumn, naturally, they detach themselves and fall away.
It’s the same with us. When making a transition into a new season of life, some of the people and situations that were in your life no longer fit you, and they too, fall away.
College is the perfect example of this. No matter what year you’re in, coming into a new semester is always a transition. We let go of the baggage from last semester and begin anew again.
Maybe you’ve changed your major so many times, that people often wonder what your next switch will be. That’s okay. Remember, there’s a time for everything. A time to grow, a time to laugh, a time to learn, a time to be afraid, and a time to be completely lost. The beauty in that is, those rough times won’t last forever and once we get through them, we often learn some of the most valuable lessons.
Same thing with friendships. Maybe those friends that you met last semester are no longer part of your life. That’s okay too. Leave them in the past, there’s a reason they didn’t make it to your future.
I learned those lessons all throughout my college career. It took me a long time to finally find my place and to surround myself with the right people. I went through numerous major changes, and thankfully, I didn’t settle for any of the three that I had (before PR of course ;)). I could have, but it wasn’t my time to just settle. Now, I’m glad it is and I’m glad for the different seasons I went through.
- Like Winter, I went through the season of cold and frustration. Every class I went to seemed dull and lifeless, and every person I met seemed just plain negative.
- Like Spring, I went through the season where everything became new and exciting again. A fresh start, a new attitude, new faces and so on.
- Like Summer, where I was enjoying my classes, having fun, making friends and simply loving life.
- Finally, Like Autumn, where eventually the fun and excitement settled down into calmness, and contentedness.
Ultimately, change is inevitable. Everyone goes through different seasons – some harder than others. As I said, the beauty in it is, that no season lasts forever. You may be feeling lost, stuck or nervous right now, but don’t worry. That will pass. You weren’t created to live in darkness, fear or regret. But if you find yourself in that season, embrace it with grace and realize that you will be given the strength to get through it.