Facing Change and Undergoing Transition


As human beings… we are a little bit like passengers riding on a roller coaster. That’s right: deep down… we are all cute little stick figures! What you see here is my personal attempt at depicting change and my own understanding of transition.

My analogy of stick figures on a roller coaster describes this: for some people, the climbing part takes forever, and simply hearing the tac-tac-tac-tac-tac sound is mind torturing (to be afraid of the new); then, on the other end of the spectrum, we find people who are more hasty to reach the top, as if knowing that the excitement can only follow on their way down (to take the old for granted).

To be on either ends from time to time is fine (for what would life be without a dash of crazy?). However, there will come a moment when we must find our middle ground and restore balance in our life. By holding both our hands up high to enjoy the ride is pretty easy when things are going well: it is rather when we are faced with adversity that we tend to unconsciously relinquish our ownership of our own mind, letting it wander away with our consciousness; turning our physical being into a victim of our own surrounding (the physical realm) and in so doing, like a roller coaster, we find ourselves grabbing our seats for our dear life, resisting change and forgetting the fundamental: to breathe, to listen to what is going on within us and to be in touch with the simple ”here and now” chemistry between the emotions and the body.

Whether we are ready or not, life will launch all of us to the top, and change will hit us. Unless we keep ourselves mentally grounded, the speed will be far more than what we can handle. To keep in touch with our five senses to help the mind break away from the disillusion of what’s ahead.  To stop dwelling on the past; to learn to let go of our fear and worry of the future. Who knows? We may then be ready for the ride down. Next thing you know, living becomes pretty exciting at the top.

Isen J. has a penchant for writing. He enjoys words and perceives them as little pieces of a big puzzle which, once assembled, have the power to heal the suppressed human heart. His dream comes in two stages: first, perfecting his writing; second, becoming it.