Adapting to Change

I don’t really know what to write this week. There’s a lot I want to say, but also a lot I want to keep under wraps too.

My life is changing. My teaching is very different from how it was last year. My pacing is different, my students are different, and my approach is different. I almost feel like I’m a brand new teacher again.

There are other things that are changing in my life too. But those I’d prefer to keep under wraps for now. Life is gonna be pretty stressful for me for a bit. But at the same time, I’m excited for what’s to come.

I talk frequently about how life changes and how I’m pursuing my goals through it all. That’s not changing. One of the constants of life is change. I wrote two weeks ago about rolling with the punches life throws at you. And in addition to that, you have to be willing to adapt to the change that comes. Just like with my teaching and other things, as it’s changing, I have to be able to adjust and adapt to it.

Back in the example of teaching, while all these changes can make me feel like a new teacher, I still have a year if experience under my belt. I’m forging my identity as a teacher and know that that identity is always changing.

One of the things that comes with adapting to change is being able to process and think through things. I won’t say that every decision I make is the right one, but I will say that I do my best to adapt and make the most of every situation. Being able to think through, process, and adapt to change is a crucial trait, both in my line of work and in my life in general.

Life doesn’t stay the same. You think you have things figured out and then something shifts on you. So how do you adapt to it? Do you let it shape you and mold you or do you resist.

You’ve probably heard the term “the winds of change.” It’s only recently that I’ve accepted and learned that. When a strong wind blows, you can try to resist it. But it still cuts through you and leaves you cold. Or you don’t have to turn into the wind so much. You can let it guide you to somewhere you may need to go.

Not all change is bad. Sometimes it makes you better. But you never know until you learn how to adapt to it.

Even for a shorter post, this took a while to write. I just have so much going on and my plate is full. My thoughts are all jumbled because I know change is happening. So here’s me trying my best to adapt to it.

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