The Times, They Are Changing

It comes to you at the most unexpected of times; and yet somehow it all feels familiar to you. For as long as you can remember, you’ve been hearing whispers; voices constantly telling you that things are about to change, that events are about to be set in motion.

You also recall that for the longest of times, you’ve strived to push those nagging thoughts back. Things are just fine the way they are— this is the mantra that you’ve held on to for most of your grown life. To the rest of the world, change may be inevitable, but for you, change is unacceptable. To change is to jump head first, eyes closed, into a chasm of uncertainty. No, not today, you say. Not ever, never.

And then, slowly at first, you feel a slight change in the wind. Something feels amiss; something feels out of place. You start to see your world without the blinders that have limited your vision of what you can do, and what you can still do. For the first time in your life, it’s as if every day is a breath of fresh air. The chains of doubt and fear and worry that once held you down are starting to crack with every breath that you take.

The shy introvert will suddenly feel the desire to speak up and stand out. The struggling player in the team will start stepping up. The frustrated latecomer will start coming up with attendance improvement strategies. The lazy student will get tired of slacking off. The apathetic citizen will start to resist traditional politics. The constant victim of failed relationships will start appreciating herself for what she’s truly worth. The timid will begin to explore outside of their comfort zone. At the most unexpected yet most familiar of times, people just like you will open their eyes for the first time, and see a world full of opportunity, of hopes, of dreams just waiting to be realized.

Soon it will be your turn. And when that moment comes, you’ll find yourself saying: Watch out; things are about to change.

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’
-Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A- Changin'”

-Ed. E.

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