365ink #397 December 9–December 22, 2021 - Page 34

Columnists

21 Months

By Matt Booth
Are you sitting around waiting for a change ? Maybe you ’ re waiting for a sunny day or a new job ? Maybe you ’ re waiting for things to get back to normal ? Yep , I ’ m just waiting for change . Once things change , then I ’ ll start living . It ’ s safe to say that change happens . If the last 21 months have taught us anything , it is that change waits for nobody .
Walls have been built and then knocked down . This COVID crap changes daily ! You can just sit there in a COVID Coma while everything changes around you , or you can change . Everything will change , except what ’ s important . Important things like your health , your career , your family , your relationships , your happiness , and your success . You need to understand this basic principle : For your life to change , you must change . If you don ’ t change yourself , the next five years of your life will look very similar to your last five years .
The waiting for change mindset stinks . First , you wait until you graduate , and then you wait around until you move to a place with more opportunities . You sit around and wait until you get married or have kids , and then life will begin . Waiting for change sounds as foolish as working to retire . What ’ s the point ? If you ’ re just waiting for change , you might as well go to the morgue , take a number , and tie it to your big COVID toe . If you ’ re just waiting for real life to begin , it never will .
No matter what you ’ ve been through in the past 21 months , there will always be more problems and challenges in your life . If you look hard enough , you can always find some unfinished business to be gotten through before real life begins . These problems and challenges are your life , and how you handle them determines your future .
Show some faith in yourself and take a chance . Rather than waiting around , choose to make the change . Start wherever you are right now and go after your dreams . Chase down your dreams , because dreams don ’ t chase you back . Don ’ t waste any more of your precious time . Use your energy , your thoughts , and your efforts to create change now . You must grow where you ’ ve been planted . Do what you can , where you are , with what you have . Everything will always be changing around you , but things won ’ t change for you — not the important things unless you change them . I know there ’ s been all kinds of change in the past 21 months , but your life changes when you decide to change it . •
“ Stop allowing people to cause you emotional harm and keep them around by saying ‘ that ’ s just how they are .’” — Matt Booth
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