Sunday, September 21, 2008

Life's Change-Ups

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Tonight, New York City says goodbye to the house that Ruth built. 85 years of baseball history will be torn down at the conclusion of this season and a new stadium will take its place. I'll be the first to admit that I am not a Yankees fan, and yet a part of me hates to see it go. All for selfish reasons of course. I would have liked to have watched a game there. That's the primary reason I have for wishing the stadium could have hung around just a little while longer.

Life does this to us from time to time. If I may use a baseball reference, life deals us a change-up ever so often.

Very rarely do things stay the same, no matter how much we may want them to. Until May of this year, the Leaning Tower of Pisa was leaning just a little bit more each year. Though we've done what we can to stall its demise, one day it will most likely collapse. On an even more serious note, at some point someone very special to us in our life will pass away. How will we deal with the change?

This past weekend my wife and I visited my brother, sister-in-law, and their new baby. Their new son has brought on change in everyone's life around him. No matter our reaction to it.

The trip required I take a trip back to my old hometown. Although I have been there occasionally over the years since I've left, for some reason this time I took note of many changes. New buildings were being built. New roads were being laid. New changes were afoot all over the place. They're altering the landscape of my memories. There's not much I can do (nor would I want to) to combat the changes going on either. It's just the way life is. It throws us change-ups.

How do you deal with change? I'm talking about the change that is completely out of your control. Do you become upset, do you protest, or do you accept it?


Sean said...

Just depends on what the change is, and where it's taking place. So, sometimes I get upset, protest, and accept it. Sometimes I fight it hard to the end.

Andrew Weaver said...

... and obviously it's worth the time and effort to fight to the end. Yet so many times it is not and we end up stressing over things that do not matter.