We know these words well: “change is the only constant.” The resilience of change, on the other hand, is not a concept spoken of as often.
My background is in an industry where self-branding through endless photos posted on social media comes as a natural and fun activity. It produces results, after all.
At events throughout the years, the hotel lobbies were filled with people taking selfies to prove their attendance, taking a multitude of group photos (groupies?), creating videos, and even scoring impromptu interviews with speakers or top producers.
It wasn’t until my late 30’s that I came onto the scene. It was in my early 40’s where I began my mass photo and video branding. I loved it – fit my personality to a T.
Years of events, photos, video marketing, and long hours happily working online. Wake up and create content, work with team all day, attend webinars at night, sleep. The pattern repeated for six years straight.
I took one vacation to Hawaii (awarded from work – certainly not because I decided to slow down and take time off) during those six years.
I never felt I needed a vacation because my work at MLSP was always full of fun; we took work trips and travelled regularly as it was. The guys were always generous.
Great memories, many accomplishments and proud moments.
Three years ago I moved to Austin. Shortly after, MLSP and I parted ways and the company I’d been a rep for (amassing a team of 10k over three years) shut its doors without notice.
I realized I was exhausted, worn out and a little beat down. I didn’t have energy to go out, to socialize, to connect, or a desire to rebuild.
Change. It is the only constant.
Where there was a castle, now a pile of sand. The sand, water, bucket and shovel still existed. It had simply changed form. Not only did my business change form but the physical appearance of the person I saw in the mirror changed.
The years caught up with me. As if the speed at which I moved dictated and when momentum stopped father time finally had a chance to catch up. My face looked older, my body gained in areas never touched by fat before, my joints ached. “You mean I can’t just skip dinner and be slender by morning anymore?!”
Welcome to the late 40’s. The resilience of change is a confidently moving into and not against transition.
Whether in business, life, or physical appearance- there will be change.
Sometimes it’s harder than other times. Sometimes it’s fantastic change. Allowing ourselves to adjust to the transition and realizing the pinnacle is temporary (be it good or bad) helps.
It’s our positive perspective and in creating momentum that will get us through. Everything will level out as long as you keep trying.
Business is steady and I’ve learned how to work with (and on) the physical changes.
We have matured. We’ve changed and it feels great.
I wish you well in your transitions of life. Dive in and just keep swimming.
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