Monday, December 14, 2015

Abraham Maslow (and Me) on the Importance of Adapting to Change

Abraham Maslow Quote

What is it about life that leads us to always have to face change? As humans we are born for change, we grow and learn things rapidly. We take in as much as we can and change rapidly from a newborn to an adult.  But... somewhere along the lines, we begin to fight against it. I believe this is because change takes away comfort. Sometimes, we begin to be so comfortable in where we are that, even if it hurts, we can't seem to let it go because 'what if what's on the other side of change isn't what I like?'

I am fascinated by this resistance to change. I, having been an anxious person my entire life, resist it as well. What ends up resulting from change is often a life I love and feel comfortable with. Even when I've lost people, life has proven to me that, if I rolled with the changes and learned to accept them, I'd find on the other side of the hurdles a life that I love. 

I don't say all this because I'm great at life. I don't say all this because I'm a phenomenal adapter. I say this because if there's anything I have learned in life, it's that nothing stays the same for very long. Good gets interrupted with bad, bad gets interrupted with good, and the cycles continue. 

We can either look at these changes and see what they have to bring our lives, or we can step back into our "safe zones" -- the same place we've always been. Sure, safety ensures that nothing else bad can  happen to you, but it also ensures that nothing new and good can happen either. 

Maslow hits the nail on the head with this when he states this above. He is the man responsible for the hierarchy of needs pyramid, if you've ever seen that. You can find more about him here

I've learned that life is too short to not roll with things. There won't be better times, there won't be more comfortable scenarios for you to go for your dreams. As he says above, you can either step forward into growth, or step back into safety... and sameness. 

+ So...what are you going to do when life forces change or an opportunity arises?  


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