I tried to come up with a lot of pithy thoughts on change. The fact of the matter is that in 2010 (and since the beginning of time, not to get too Darwin’y on everyone) change is fast, furious and unavoidable. Think of your phone, your TV (where people have to call Comcast to figure out how to change the channel), your computer and even your books. How many of us read on a Kindle or iPad or Nook? (I love my Kindle. I love my hardcopy books too.)
The days of finding a job after high school or college and remaining there for 40+ years are long gone. Most of us will change jobs and even careers several times throughout our employed years. Think back to your job ten years ago or more. How much of your job has changed dramatically, either what you do or how you do it? I used to work in advertising in the 1980s. We had a huge art department where people set type, used Exacto knives to cut and layout ads, the smell of SprayMount filled the air. ALL GONE.
Ask a literary agent how the Internet has changed the way queries come flying into their agency. Ask an editor about the publishing industry today versus a few years ago, let alone decades. (Have smelling salts available when you do in case (s)he keels over.)
It’s not always easy to accept change. But we have to learn to deal with it, sometimes embrace it, and move forward each day.
How do you face changes?