Ahhh, change. It is the only constant in the world. Over the years, one can say that he or she is a product or a victim of change. The change happens, so what is the difference?
Well, it is indeed a huge one.
A victim of change is one who did not choose the changes of his or her individual world. Rather, these changes happened and were not accepted. In this standpoint, the changes appear negative to the person; thus, making the person a victim of change.
A product of change is one who is the result of the change within. It is the result of evolution, the positivity behind the constant change. The person accepts and embraces the changes within and/or to the environment.
I feared change, because of what it is. It is a different mindset, a different mentality, a different approach to the many things of life. As I began to change, the fear kept coming, but one thing was certain: Either I would be a victim or a product of the changes to come. I can say for years, I have been a product, but this year is more significant than others. 6 years passed since my high school graduation and I am not two months away from my college degree. Physically, I am perhaps the greatest shape of my life. Weightlifting has taught me so much about myself and my capabilities. Through it, I have mentally found myself at a state that I am more philosopical with my thoughts, relying on the things that are printed in scripture and the morals I have learned over the years. I do know now that I am a product of the changes that happened in my life. Some I set in motion, others happened beyond my control.
“I embrace change because I embrace myself. I am water, constantly flowing, constantly changing. Shapeless…..” – inspired by Bruce Lee’s quote
“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee