It’s been a big autumn for me. Changes that have been steeping for a while have finally come to fruition. Oh, let’s face it – they aren’t really that big of a deal, but when the changes are yours, they often feel bigger than they really are, don’t they?
So here’s what changed…
1. I got five inches cut off my hair. I’ve had the same hair guy for almost twenty years. He’s my buddy, my pal. He won’t steer me wrong, but he also knows that once I’ve made up my mind, there’s no turning back. It’s only hair after all. I get that.
But sometimes these seemingly simple changes are indicative of something more – indicative of a readiness to tackle bigger changes. Symbolic things like hair cuts are an invitation to the universe to bring it on.
2. I got a new laptop. Yeah, yeah, I know, it doesn’t sound like a big deal either. But what’s important is that I’ve had the same laptop for about eight years. It was still on Windows XP, an operating system I truly adored. I get attached like that – yes, even to operating systems.
I waited until the last gasp before finally making the change. The day I couldn’t do a basic task like copy and paste, I knew the time had come. I got a teeny, tiny Dell laptop with a touchscreen and Windows 10. This is likely the most cutting edge that I’ll be. Trust me, I’ll never be accused of being an early adopter; but all things considered, the transition hasn’t been as painful as I worried it might. More importantly, I can copy and paste again.
3. I got a new phone. Similar to the laptop, I’d held on to my cell phone for much longer than made sense. I was perhaps the last person in the civilized universe talking on a Blackberry. I loved my Blackberry, and if the battery hadn’t gone to seed, I’d still be using it. I made the leap to the dark side, which is to say I’m now a member of the Apple family.
Here’s the thing about change, at least as it relates to me. The contemplation of it is far more anxiety-ridden than the actual change. Perhaps it doesn’t always work out that way, but all the energy and time I spent resisting it was so draining by comparison.
Will I be any quicker next time? Perhaps not. I imagine I’ll be on Windows 10 long after it can be purchased or supported. I’ll be draining the battery from my iPhone until the new versions are in double digits. But hopefully I’ll remember how easy it ultimately was when I’m faced with other transitions that are sure to come.