The sidewalks have become quieter and the parks a little less playful. After the swirl of summer camping trips and beach house vacations, we find ourselves retreating back to a place we call home. Back to school and back to work, life will begin to resume its constant cadence, and the late-August air will soon find cool surrender in crisp autumn days.
If nature welcomes such change, shouldn’t we also be open to our own transformations? If you can feel your energy becoming even a little stale, it may be time to shift something in your life. These changes don’t always have to be big — they can be as simple as changing your morning running route or finding a new favorite bakery on Sunday morning.
There will be times for big changes as well, but they may not come around as often. I am in the process of moving abroad, and I am embarking on what will probably be one of the biggest changes I have ever experienced.
This fall, I will not be going back to school, and I will not be going home. However, with transition comes transformation, and my adventure will allow me to move closer to myself.
Embrace any changes that are coming your way. Enjoy the unknown and relish in new discoveries. Meet new people and try new things. Take a leap of faith in yourself and in someone else. Take a risk.
Even if you tell yourself that change is a good thing, it may not always feel very comforting. In those moments that seem challenging, find a few ways to keep it fresh:
Live a little lighter
Change can be a lot easier if you have less to worry about. Even if you can’t take off and live out of a backpack for a year, think about ways to simplify your life and reduce the clutter that cramps your creativity and congests your mind. Get rid of what you don’t use and what no longer serves you. There are plenty of people that could use the clothes you don’t wear or the extra set of dishes in your basement. The more you accumulate, the more weight you add to your world. Keep what you need and dispose of what you don’t.
Focus on the future and let go of the past
The only way you can move forward and allow change in your life is to not get caught up in the “what if” and “if only” dialogues of your past. It is important to honor and remember the past because it shows you where you have come from and what you have learned. However, we cannot let it consume the moves we make today and tomorrow. Let go and allow yourself the space to move and change — have faith that the best is yet to come.
Make a move
You don’t have to change locations to find the shift you may be searching for. By stimulating your mind and body, you can become inspired in new ways every day. Start a new hobby, join a book club, take a fitness class or set a goal to finish a biking or running race. Use your energy to make your motivation, and you will find that you don’t need to travel the world to become inspired. Find what moves you and go there.