The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, said “Change is the only constant in life.” As humans, we cope with change all of the time. Sometimes the changes are small—replacing a favourite jacket or repainting a room in our home. However, sometimes the changes are huge—a child moves away or we sell the family home.
All of our changes, big and small, make up the tapestry of our lives. When we reminisce about our past or dream of our future, we often focus on the ‘large letter’ events; the times of transition—our first job, the beginning of a significant relationship, the birth of a child or a significant birthday. While each transition appears to be different, they share the similarity of beginnings and endings; as one new stage begins, another ends. The reality of life as a single person morphs into becoming part of a couple; or we move from student life to the commitment of a career.
Life Transitions Can Be Challenging
As exciting and anticipated as life transitions can be, they can also be messy while we are in the middle of them. They can leave us feeling a multitude of emotions: happy, scared, excited and confused—all at the same time. We sometimes have thoughts of wishing that the transition we worked so hard to bring about had never happened.
Counselling provides a safe, non-judgemental place to navigate through these thoughts and emotions, as well as an impartial sounding board to explore what life can look like on the other side of the change.
A play on inventor Alexander Graham Bell’s quote, “When one door closes, another opens…” ends with the statement “but the hallways are a $%^&*^# pain.” If you’re finding the hallway a challenge, therapy may be a way to make it to the next door.