The hardest changes are the ones that come at you unexpectedly. It’s when you keep telling yourself that things are probably going to be alright, and the tides of change crash on you with a force that probably leaves everything that you were ever familiar with taken away. The only good thing about change taking you by surprise is that you’ve got no other choice but to suck it up and power through the whole thing without worrying about how you’re going to deal with it. Because over-thinking a situation always results in ruining things. And that’s something we don’t want to do.
And why am I suddenly talking about changes that take you by surprise? Because today, when I logged in on WordPress to write this post, I realized that the classic editor, that had been my best friend for the last 3 and a half years or so, was gone, replaced by this block editor that I don’t even know how to work my way around. I think it’s safe to say that I am not a big fan of what this new back-end looks like, but since I’ve got no time to be moping around, it looks like I’ll just have to make do with what I’ve got.
Yeah, I know. It’s not some big, life-changing thing. But it’s still change that is very hard to come to terms with. The good thing is that I’m a fast learner and I can figure this out very easily. The bad thing is that it’s now going to take me a lot longer to write and edit every single post, so I don’t know when I’m going to run out of patience. But let’s not worry about that yet. Sure, the world is probably coming to an end and I got my best poker-face on for that, but this gets me worked up. I wonder what that says about me!
Then again, all of us have been dealing with unexpected changes for a while now, haven’t we? There has been something or the other every single month. We’re all desperately trying to cling on to whatever amount of sanity we have left in us because there’s no way to tell what we’ll have to deal with next. I find some weird sort of comfort in not knowing what comes next. Because if I don’t know what’s coming for me, I have no reason to rush things because the uncertainty is almost peaceful. I don’t expect everyone to understand why I feel this way, but all I can tell you is that it is one of the most liberating things ever.
Who knows? Maybe this change is a blessing in disguise and I don’t even know it yet. Maybe it’s just going to make things a lot harder for me. But it’s a challenge and so far, I don’t think I’m doing a bad job of it. The point is that all of us are going to hit with uncertain and surprising changes at some point in our lives. It’s like a rite of passage of sorts. We’re never going to be ready and that is okay because we will eventually figure things out. You just have to be patient with yourself. At least patient enough to deal with things first before you decide to shut down.
I know, you’re probably thinking about how I wrote a whole post about the surprise changes in the WordPress editor, but I choose to see this as something a lot bigger than just that. It’s like a reminder that no matter how unprepared we are for change, we’ll still get through it because life is dynamic like that. Nobody ever stays the same, nothing ever does.
So, if that is the case, why don’t we just face the situation head-on? Maybe that would solve things a lot quicker than just moping around. We’ve got this, okay?