Change can be a little scary. Even positive changes like moving to a new city, changing jobs or becoming a parent can make you feel uncomfortable, because it involves stepping out of your comfort zone without knowing how things will turn out.
When your life is suddenly turned upside down by illness or loss, it’s not just uncertainty and fear of the unknown that affect you. You also grieve all the things you unexpectedly have to miss – your normal activities, the plans you’d made, someone you loved.
In the middle of such a crisis, the last thing you want – or need! – to hear is that adversity can also be an opportunity for growth. But there is some truth in those words. Change, good or bad, is not only an ending, but also a new beginning. Life-altering events like becoming chronically ill cause immense suffering. Nobody wishes for that kind of ‘opportunity’, but sometimes, your struggle can also bring you unforeseen positive things. Maybe you’ll become (even) more resilient and compassionate. Or perhaps your relationships grow stronger and you discover what truly matters to you. There’s even a psychological term for the inner strength and newfound appreciation for life people experience after enduring hardship: post-traumatic growth.
So when you’re ready, how can you look for the new possibilities hidden within the adversity? Get inspired by these 13 transformative quotes about change.