Not long ago, a friend of mine reminded me that it’s okay to change my mind. Funny how it’s so easy to forget such a simple thing, though it’s not surprising. We live in a society that spends a lot of time telling us that we must follow a specific plan for our lives and stick to that plan no matter what. That, or we’re made to feel guilty if we walk away from something, whether it be a career or a project or anything in-between. Well, I’m here to tee you that’s not how any of this works.
When I think of what my friend said to me, I don’t think of giving up when things get hard (because difficulties are inevitable), but I’m inspired to seek out new paths that will enable me to grow. This idea is applicable to a multitude of things, big or small. Not enjoying that gym or workout routine you’ve been trying for a few months? Find a better fit that meets your happiness and health needs/goals. No longer finding joy in the career path you started out on? Assess your strengths and what it takes to pursue something new and then go for it. Feeling uncertain about a new adventure? Take a step back and reevaluate why you chose it in the first place, and, if those reasons have shifted, find a new road to explore.
Whatever the case, remember that it’s okay to change your mind. We aren’t the same person we were five years ago, two months ago, or even an hour ago. As we grow, we change, as do the things we want for ourselves and our lives. So, when the time is right, when prior commitments have been met, when we see an opening for positive revisions of ourselves, we are free to move. Don’t be afraid or feel ashamed. Adjusting our sails is all part of navigating through the choppy waters of life.