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Why Don't I Like Change?

Updated on January 22, 2016

If it's possible to be both someone who embraces changes and a creature of habit, I'd definitely fit myself into that category. However, what is it about change that makes me anxious and brings out my bitter side? As I've been trying to sort out my plans following high school, I've encountered this feeling countless times each week. I've been eager my entire highschool career to get out of my hometown and pursue something that interests me. But now that I'm so close to having this opportunity, I'm hesitant.

It's not just that people fear change, though they undoubtedly do. It's also that they genuinely believe (often on an unconscious level) that when you've been doing something a particular way for some time, it must be a good way to do things. And the longer you've been doing it that way, the better it is.

— Heidi Grant Halvorson

After reading the above quote, I understood why I, along with many others, shy away from changing our lives. It all comes back to a classic question: why fix what's not broken? I've become so used to my habits and routines that it's hard to envision any other "good" way of going about my life. Of course, this is an absurd way of thinking; but when you're so entrenched in a certain way of thinking, it's hard to break free from it. But by never straying from my habits, I'm undoubtedly limiting myself. With the new year I'm going to try my hardest to embrace change and create new routines. After all, what's the harm in trying? If they don't work out, I can always switch back to my old way of doing things. I guess a creature of habit never does change, huh?

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