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How Change Makes a Difference


Change is one of those words that a lot of people dread hearing and despise. For many, being told to change equals criticism, and not everyone can handle that well. That’s another topic altogether.

My upcoming change; one of the biggest ones I've ever made. I'm going home.

Change is both good and bad, can improve or destroy parts of your life. It’s no different in the things you do. Imagine an insignificant change: Imagine that you choose to get out of bed an hour earlier every day. What do you gain from this?

  • More time. Do you never have enough time to read, write, or just relax? Maybe all you need is that extra hour.
  • Less stress. Lots to do, but not enough time to do it? An extra hour a day keeps the stress away! Spread out your workload.
  • A different perspective. If you can lower your stress level and have more time to yourself, that can change your view on things. Maybe life isn’t so bad after all.
  • Life. This ties into a different perspective; you can take the time to look around, to live your way and just do things you want to.

This is only a small look into how a change can influence your life in a positive way. Of course, there are always cons to go with the pros. Perhaps you get too little sleep from waking up an hour earlier every day? Things like this can be counteracted. Find what works best for you. Alternate your schedule. Early one day, late the next. Take the time to experiment and figure out the best way for you to live your life and do the things you want to do.

A lot of writers work best in the morning. They wake up early, specifically so they can write! Some even write before they drink coffee. I sometimes call myself a rarity; so many authors live on coffee and yet, I despise the stuff!

The point is that different things work for different people. Change is a necessity and sometimes a double-edged sword. Each change brings good and bad with it and in the end, it’s a matter of fighting back and seeing if the good outweigh the bad.

This post is not just for writers – it’s for everyone. Every aspect of life can change, for better or for worse. Sometimes, the risk seems too large. Sometimes, a change will change things forever and that’s something that people have to live with.

Those are the hardest changes. Ones that alter life completely, especially when the difference ends up as a negative one. Friendships and relationships are fragile and the slightest thing will change them, sometimes for worse.

The only way to move on is to realize that while that one change hurt, there is a way to make it better. You have that chance and it’s up to you to make the change.

What are some of the hardest changes you’ve had to make?

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

12 thoughts on “How Change Makes a Difference

  1. I hope things work out for you when you move, and that it’s not too stressful. And I hope you gain more time to do the things you want to. =)

  2. wow. that’s.. pretty cool actually! Pretty lame cause I promised I’d join you the next time you went to the USA. I wish you the best πŸ™‚


  3. Funny you should mention it… I just decided only a few moments ago that I would no longer attend the Italian class I’ve been auditing. It started off as what seemed like a good idea to give myself regular exposure to Italian (which I’ve always wanted to learn), but after some serious assessment, I have decided that it has not been worth my time.

    I hadn’t realised you were living in Europe at the moment. Let me extend an early welcome back to the United States, although I’ll be heading to France this summer after I graduate.

    • I guess that’s just good timing. Was it not worth your time because you didn’t have the chance to really use Italian, or because of some other reason? I love learning languages. I speak four languages and gladly study them in my spare time.

      I’ve actually been in Europe since I was seven; about twelve years now. Thank you! I appreciate it.
      Will you be moving there, or just going on holiday?

      • The class wasn’t worth my time because– at the risk of sounding conceited– I was frankly better than the fourth semester students even though I have never taken an Italian class in my life. Of course, this is because I speak French and Spanish, so it was easy, and, all things being equal, these are American students of foreign languages (read: hopeless, for the most part). Basically, the hour I would have spent in that class could be spent better elsewhere.

        And as for moving to France, I will be working there for at least half a year, though I’m hoping that something might work out where I will be able to stay longer.

      • I see what you mean. Knowing French and Spanish, Italian is just connecting the dots, essentially. I speak English, Dutch, German, and French, with the intent to learn at least Spanish once I’m back in America.
        I can’t judge American students of foreign languages, simply because I haven’t had the chance to actually learn languages in America, but I do feel that many people only know English – and maybe Spanish.

        That sounds like an exciting time! Enjoy those six months, and I hope it works out for you.

  4. Hi,
    I think change is a good thing if you feel something is not right in your life. If the change doesn’t work out you can always take a different road so to speak, and on the journey, you always seem to learn more and you can meet some very nice people as well along the way.

    • Hi! πŸ™‚

      I fully agree. If it doesn’t work out, another change is all it takes to straighten things out. And you’re right; whether the journey was right or wrong, you can meet amazing people along the way.

  5. Since we already talked about this, I don’t have much to say, other than to repeat myself! It’s going to be super exciting for you!


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