I don’t know why, but change is scary. It is. Super scary. Because it’s unknown.
Oh, is that why then? Change is scary because it is unknown? But why is the unknown so scary?
My husband and I have recently switched cell phone providers. During this process we changed who is on the plan, which carrier we are using, the type of plan, and our phones. That is a lot of changes all at once. And these changes seem to be even scarier for me because I had been on the same carrier with the same people for the past six or seven years. And I’ve had the same phone for the last four and half years.
I was happy with everything to do with our cell phones except for one big thing: the price. We wanted to pay less money per month on our phone bill and were even willing to sacrifice some features or coverage do to that.
We did a lot of research beforehand. It was harder to find phones with which we were happy than we thought. I was very nervous when it came time to actually buy the phones. So nervous. What if it doesn’t work out? What if I hate it? What if it really costs more than I think? All uknowns. All scary.
Despite our research, things did turn out to be different than our new provider advertised. We didn’t have a very big selection of phones to choose from. The phones turned out to be more expensive than advertised (pray that they honor the mail-in rebate for us, readers). We’re paying a little bit more per month than we thought we’d be (but we’re still paying 36% less than before, which is good since that was the whole point of switching).
And that was all scary. Before we switched, while we were switching, even still while we are learning to navigate our new phones after the switch. There was definitely several times that I had to remind myself like a mantra, We’re still saving money. They’re just phones. We’re still saving money. It’s just a phone.
I think because I was so happy with my old phone, it made the process a little more difficult. Why was I getting rid of a good thing? It had been good
to for me. I liked it. It was easy to use. It was nice. We’ve been together such a long time. I had so many memories connected with that phone. It’s just a phone.
Even though my happiness with it probably made it more difficult, I think it was still a good thing to let it go. I don’t want to be so attached to an object. It was really good while it lasted, but there are good reasons to move on from it now. I will still have my memories, even after I stop using that phone and even after it’s gone. The memories are my own, not the phone’s. Maybe I will even forget that phone and all my old phones one day and only remember the important things — the people I was with and the places I went.
Switching was a scary process. Jumping into a pool at night where the water is black as the sky and you can’t see the bottom (even though you researched what a pool should be like). But I’m still alive. Not only that, but I’m saving money and I can still call, text, media message, and get directions. I still have a calculator, an alarm, the weather, and the internet at my fingertips. Maybe the internet or GPS won’t work sometimes. Ah, well. I’ll figure it out.
I want to make changes in my life so that my life will be easier, simpler, and more enjoyable. (Easier for me also means less expensive because then we won’t have to work as hard to afford something.) Sometimes the process of going through those changes can seem like it’s doing the exact opposite to my life, making it more difficult, complicated, and irksome, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be worth it at the end of the tunnel.
It’s simple enough to understand, but not so easy in practice: If you want your life to be different, you’re going to have to make changes.
Scary, right? You can do it. I’m here for you.