You just can’t avoid change, no matter how hard you try. Change can be scary but it is necessary because it will help you grow. Although you might instinctively want to fight change, you have to learn when to just go with the flow and roll with the punches. Any major life change is hard but you will get past it — and it does get better.
I grew up in California and always dreamed of living in New York one day. I’m obsessed with broadway musicals and all I wanted was to be able to see them all the time. However, moving is terrifying and I was way too scared to leave my family and friends in California.
In my last year of high school, I applied to colleges and I was just too scared to apply to New York schools. As much as I wanted to go, I was scared that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations or that I would fail, so I just didn’t try. I applied to a bunch of schools around California and ended up attending a university that wasn’t too far away from my home. I hated it.
Right when I got to college, I realized I should have just faced my fear and applied to New York Schools. In the first month of being there, I was already sending out applications to NYU, Sarah Lawrence, and about ten other New York schools. I guess it was just meant to be, because I got accepted to every school I applied to and moved to New York the following year. I have now been in New York for six years and it surpassed all of my expectations. I am living my best life going to see matinee broadway shows by myself in the middle of the day and meeting up with friends in the evening.
Although I have no regrets, I realize that I shouldn’t have been so scared of change in the first place. I took a leap of faith into the unknown and am much happier now because of it. So if you are fearful to make a big change, seek comfort in knowing that it might be the best thing for you.
Some changes you don’t have control over but you don’t have to be scared of it. You will come out on top, because you always do.
To help you embrace change, enjoy these inspirational life quotes about change, growth and transformation that will help you roll with the punches.
1. Change is better than being stuck.
“Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” — Mandy Hale
2. Be comfortable with changing your mind.
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw
3. It will get easier.
“All things are difficult before they are easy.” — Thomas Fuller
4. Wait for it.
“Good things take time.” — John Wooden
5. Decide to grow.
“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” — John Maxwell
6. Look to the future.
“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis
7. Know when to let go.
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” — Hermann Hesse
8. Get out of your comfort zone.
“Growth and comfort do not coexist.” — Ginni Rometty
9. Embrace the unfamiliar.
“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” — Raymond Lindquist
10. Adjust the sails.
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward
11. Change shouldn’t feel comfortable.
“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by discomforts.” — Arnold Bennett
12. Love can last.
“I don’t know that love changes. People change. Circumstances change.” — Nicholas Sparks
13. Change is the law of life.
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” — John F. Kennedy
14. Take a step forward.
“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” — Abraham Maslow
15. Life keeps moving.
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” — Stephen Chbosky
16. Don’t let change control you.
“You must welcome change as the rule, but not as your ruler.” — Denis Waitley
17. Plant a seed.
“Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.” — Debby Boone
18. Start with yourself.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” — Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
19. Expect the unexpected.
“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” — Hugh Prather
20. You must change to live.
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” — Gail Sheehy
21. Change can be magical.
“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.” — Kate Douglas Wiggin
22. It’s your second chance.
“We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.” — Harrison Ford
23. Value education.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela
24. We are the change.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama
25. Do it yourself.
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” — Andy Warhol
26. It only takes one.
“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai
27. Change your attitude.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” — Maya Angelou