Change can be scary and difficult; often, we get so caught up in the way we do things that when there is a difference in routine it can be hard to accept it and move on. But when we resist change, we are not welcoming a chance for something new and exciting to emerge. For example, when my college roommate of three years graduated early, I had to find a new roommate. I decided to move in with an acquaintance, but I was still daunted by the change and nervous that my new roommate and I would not get along well. However, once my things were in place in my new room and I got to know my new roommate better, I found she and I were quite compatible and we have since become good friends! By being willing to accept change, I discovered how many more unexpected possibilities can open up. Although at first it may be tough to go through a transition, I have realized it is crucial to not view my situation as purely negative. Instead, I need to look at what has happened as a stepping stone to new opportunities. While my roommate leaving was not in my control, finding and accepting a new roommate was and in taking a chance with an acquaintance, I have now developed a new friendship.
By listening to your inner voice and paying attention to that energy and the actions that may result, you can get a better idea of what makes you truly happy. This can then lead you to make decisions based on your truth. As Puja writes: “Remember you are the protagonist in your own life, not the victim of it.” You have the power and control to make the decisions you want in your life and with this ability, you can really look at where you want to be and how this will make you feel. I think what Puja has to say is very powerful; not to sound too cliched, but you are the author of your own story and it is up to you to decide how you would like your life to play out. Keep in mind, you can always ask for help when things get tough. Support can be found in many different forms and when you reach out to others, you may discover a new insight or way of understanding your situation.
At the end of Step Four in Track Your Truth, there is a guide that will help you create your own plan to find your truth, something only you can find when you are being open to yourself as you experience life.
Written by Allyson Macci, Roots & Wings SUNY New Paltz Intern