This week has seen a whole load of changes for me. I’ve just started a brand new job as Content Editor for a luxury travel brand and to say I’m excited is an understatement. I am loving it. I know it’s only been three days but whatever: it’s great.
Change is a funny thing. As humans, we aren’t programmed to necessarily deal with change all that well. In fact, according to Changing Minds, adjustment in our lives can have a significant impact, good and bad, and at times we don’t know how we’ll deal with that change until it’s upon us.
I was really, really nervous about my Big Change. I knew it was the best decision for me in many ways but equally, the thought of a brand new commute, brand new people, brand new procedures and a brand new routine was completely daunting. I’m a planner so the night before I started at my new job, I was laying out my outfit and planning the route and even planning how I’d introduce myself to people. To some this may seem crazy but it’s my way of dealing with that impending change the best way I can.
And d’ya know what? It wasn’t that bad. In fact, it wasn’t remotely bad. There I was, driving along to my new office in my new clothes with the radio turned off so I could “concentrate” on what was about to happen, imagining my life suddenly feeling really different the moment I walked through the doors. But nothing really happened. Nothing earth shattering anyway. I said hello, I saw my desk, I met some lovely people and I did an awful lot of reading. I had lunch, I familiarised myself with the website and Intranet, I raided the complimentary office fruit bowl (YES) and I went home. Simple.
Change is always going to be a little scary. Of course it is: as psychology proves, we like our routines and our normalities and our habits. But if anything, change can be a great thing. It keeps us on our toes, it helps us come out of our shells and gives us new beginnings. This change is very much being treated as a New Chapter: a time where I can let go of past stresses and worries and just be me all over again. I had to make that change in order for that to happen. And that’s an awesome decision to make.
I can’t wait to see how this change unfolds and where it takes me. It doesn’t matter really, so long as I’m happy and still being Emma. Whatever else comes is a bonus.