Updated: Apr 25, 2020
By Katarina Terzić Conrad, Ph.D.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” - George Bernard Shaw.
As I was preparing to run the Great Wall of China Marathon, I didn't know the terrain, the climate and the general race setting beforehand. I was a total newbie to racing, with only one official 5k race under my belt. However, I made up my mind before I went, that I would not worry about it, but that I would go with the flow. And what a flow it was!
The day of the race had a record breaking Spring temperature of 97 Fahrenheit. The course was grueling, in fact it was considered by many runners to be the hardest organized marathon on the planet.
We like predictability, certainty, and stability. After all, we love to be in control. Fortunately, life's journey is not a stagnant man-made lake where we are like it’s static water, fixed in our ways and our ideology, predicting every step without much turbulence.
We ought to be more accepting of change and acknowledging that we live in an ever changing world, and we too are very dynamic beings that constantly change. Even our whole bodies (cells) are replaced every decade! So, why are we so resistant to change when we and the world around us are dynamic?
Let's embrace the change and see it necessary in our lives in order to grow and progress.