Change: Embrace or Curse?
I’ve always been a fan of change, so I’m usually not fazed when life throws me a curve ball. Honestly, I often feel annoyed when people complain about change. I know I shouldn’t feel this way, because they are simply expressing their sense of loss in the only way they know how. At least I have the good sense not to say anything about it…most of the time. I did have a bit of a freak out moment this school year when the complaining and negativity became too much for me to handle. LOL! I won’t go into details because it would be rude and come off as complaining…then I would have to get mad at myself. Besides, I’m not remotely proud of my behavior. The point is, I usually celebrate change. Yet, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed right now.
Change in the Scrapbooking World
Yesterday, Archiver’s announced that they are closing shop. This does not directly impact me as I’ve only visited Archiver’s a handful of times over the years while visiting family in Boise, Idaho. What distresses me is what this says about the entire industry. For years, people used the excuse that the economy was bad and that’s why people aren’t scrapbooking. That may have been true, and it may still be true in some areas of the nation, but, for the most part, people have money to spend. They simply aren’t choosing to spend their time or money preserving their family memories. That saddens me and makes me wonder why. Why was scrapbooking so popular for so many years, and now it feel like it is dying a slow death? I hear so many people say that they used to scrapbook. What changes? Why does something that seems so important to me…memory keeping…seem so unimportant to them? Even the cave dwellers knew how important it was to record their history, so why are so many personal histories being allowed to be lost? It makes me sad.
Change in My Life
Perhaps the reason why I’m so melancholy about this is because Neal and I are about to embark on some serious change in our lives, and I’m a little nervous. The good news is that he is finally going to pursue his dreams of writing. He is very good…check out his blog, Infinispace. What I find a little funny right now is that some things don’t change…I can not bring myself to write about personal challenges in a public forum. This is why I’m a terrible Facebook friend!
Change in Education
I do feel comfortable writing about the changes I’m making as a teacher. I spent 5 hours working on the Web Design framework yesterday while waiting for my car to be tuned up. Side note–the next time I go to get my car worked on, I’m packing a lunch! Today, my colleague and I met for another 3 hours to work on it. I’m choosing to change the entire unit and am going to write the lesson plans for all the Technology Communications teachers to use. I’m even going to film video lessons that they can share with their students and that the students will be able to access from home. That is the beauty of being a teacher…as long as I’m teaching the standards, I have the freedom to change how I’m teaching each unit. My students’ needs dictate how I teach, and they change every year! Plus, I love having a job where I can be on my feet most of the day.
Change in Routine
Speaking of being on my feet, I’m going to stop writing and go exercise. For some reason, I fell off the exercise wagon last year. I’m not going to do that to myself again this year. Besides, exercise will help me manage stress and deal with life’s inevitable changes.
Leave me a comment and let me know how you deal with change. Do you roll with it or need time to vent while processing the change?