“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin
I love change. I embrace change.
As a trained biologist, I have studied evolution and change in classrooms and laboratories. As humans, we constantly change, even though it may not appear so at the surface. Within our cells, our DNA is changing and mutating. Within our brains, we are changing neural pathways, one thought at a time.
Our outside world has changed too. Our world has changed from one of living in caves, to one of living in 4 constructed walls, painted in various shades of Pantone. You can even board an artificial steel bird in the sky and go from continent to continent. Our future world will look different as well.
Change is essential to survival. Change is essential to life.
My Recent Evolution
At the beginning of the year, if you had asked me where I’d be working in 5 years, or the rest of my years for that matter I would have said, “Right here!” I was perfectly happy as a Project Manager and Communications Specialist by profession at at one of the biggest and brightest biotech companies in the world. I was full of conviction that my greatest contributions would be right where I was.
But I’ve changed.
Just a few months back, I was incepted with the idea that I had some kind of greater purpose, still to be unearthed. It began growing as a tiny little seedling of an idea, which then kept growing bigger and bigger as it reached toward the sun. Soon my curiosity and soul-searching consumed me, and I transformed into someone who was hungry to seek out that purpose.
Tomorrow, I am leaving a company that I love, with people that I love working with to venture into the unknown and find my calling. Though I am deeply passionate about healthcare and identify with the company’s mission to save and change patient’s lives with innovative medicines, I need to find my own purpose.
Where do I even start? What is my offering to the world? How can I amplify my passion to help others? How can I inspire people to find the extraordinary in the ordinary? How can I find a way to meaningfully connect humanity in this digital age? How do I do something impactful enough to have a TEDTalk one day?
I’ve decided to take a reflective pause in my life to look within and find answers. I am venturing into unknown uncharted territory and will have no paycheck for awhile. No sense of financial stability. No prediction of how I will spend the majority of my days. No desk. The world is now my office.
I am embracing my evolution.
How To Embrace Change
Some people hate change. The unknown can seem so scary (and it actually is at times.) However, it’s useful to remember that change and evolution are simply natural events in life. As Heraclitus the Greek philosopher said, “The only thing constant is change.”
Here are some words to help you in various mindsets of change:
- “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” -Jimmy Dean
- “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” -Stephen Covey
- “Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.” -Tony Robbins
Encouragement to change yourself:
- “Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.” -Reinhold Niebuhr
- “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin
- “Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
When your evolution seems daunting and you need a nudge:
- “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” -Neale Donald Walsh
- “When feeling overwhelmed by a faraway goal, repeat the following: I have it within me right now, to get me to where I want to be later.” -Karen Salmansohn
- “What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.” -Lao Tzu
Cheers to change.