On Change


“Music is a delight because of its rhythm and flow...Because life is likewise a flowing process, change and death are its necessary parts. To work for their exclusion is to work against life.”

- Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity

Whether we feel stuck or perhaps afraid of change, it only takes a step back to realize just how inevitable a force - far bigger than us and far beyond our control - change is.

When I came back home after just a few months of immersive soul-seeking, self-defining, view-shattering travel, I felt like an entirely different person. But it soon became clear that I wasn’t the only one who changed. I came home to find myself packed between moving boxes in friends’ apartments, introducing myself to new boyfriends and fiances, finding out about new buns in the oven, and congratulating others on new jobs.

Suddenly, in my newfound stillness, I realized just how much life is in a constant and beautiful state of motion.

Did most people feel like things had changed much since I left? Of course not. Like a car on a highway, we often don’t notice how much around us changes every single day because we’ve habituated to the pace. But when you pan out, you see that we’re all inevitably wrapped up in the constant humming and revolving rhythm of the universe. We’re part of a symphony that’s bigger than ourselves. Sometimes it just takes hitting pause to catch it moving all around you.