Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Change is No Friend of Mine.

"That's not my dolly, its dress is too shiny,
That's not my dolly, its hair is too long."

If you're a parent of small children, or like me, around kids regularly, you might know of the Usborne books like That's Not My Dolly. The books correlate well with how I feel about change.

As I settled into the saddle of a spinning bike at the HRC yesterday, it hit me that the bike didn't feel good. It felt like I was peddling in sand even when I was in the lowest gear. I couldn't get the handle bars right. Don't even get me started about how they left the lights on, the music wasn't what I would've liked to have heard and the girl was doing hovers totally wrong.

I'm being a bit dramatic. The girl was probably just doing hovers the way she does them & it's okay to spin with the lights on.

Towards the end of the class, I realized that the bike really wasn't that bad after all and since I was drenched in sweat, it must've been a good workout.

I was kind of mad at myself for discounting the experience before I even really tried it. & then it hit me. I don't like change.  It was the first time I had taken a normal spin class at the HRC & previously, I've only ever gone to spin classes taught by the same instructor.

"That's not my spinning class, its bikes are too different.
That's not my spinning class, it's music is too pop-y" 

I didn't love moving away from home, I don't like changes in my group of friends, I don't like to eat different foods or change my routine, I don't even like going to new gyms.

Not liking change can't be a good thing. Change is essential to the learning & growing process throughout our lives. But for some reason, I just don't deal with it well.

How do you feel about change? What do you do to make transitions easier?


Caitlin said...

For some reason the last 5 or so posts of yours JUST showed up in my dashboard...crazy. But I know what you mean about change, it can be very, very tough. I've hit a rough patch lately with all the change in my life, but I am finding that the best way to deal with it is with a lot of prayer time and time with those that mean the most to you.
Love the new blog design!

Ali said...

Thanks girl!! You're so sweet!

Hannah R said...

I always thought I liked change but coming to college was a much more…um…bumpy process than I would have ever imagined. Going into this second semester seems a bit easier. I'm trying to get more involved in clubs and events as a way to meet more people and fill up some down time. Shopping sprees are always a nice help too ;)