We can all relate to this one friend who we don’t talk to for long periods of time, yet when we catch up with them again, it seems like we’ve never even left before. I have heaps of friends who does fit that criteria. But I’m going to talk about this one psychology friend of mine.
Recently he asked me, “What changes have you made to yourself from the last time I talked to you?” These questions always stump me. Not because I haven’t changed at all, but more so the fact that I haven’t had the time to sit down and reflect on my life.
It was more than half a year since I talked to him last. And simply, I could frame my answer to say “yes, I have changed”. But, “how have you changed?” really is the question we were both asking ourselves.
We’ve always made the word “change” have a bad connotation. Think of movies when they use the phrase, “You’ve changed. You were never like this”. It always happens in those superhero and villain movies. But in reality, change could also be for the better, and I know I have changed myself to become a little more mature and to experience more in life.
This time, I’ve experienced what it’s like to step back from my working life and to just go on a holiday without bringing my laptop. I am quite the workaholic – I get bored when I’m not working or there’s nothing to think about in my mind. Social Media and the Internet fuels my creativity. When I’m disconnected from those two mediums, I always feel a sense of uncertainty of why I am wasting time – which as a matter of factly, I am not.
Tamar Island Wetlands showed me that inspiration and creativity doesn’t always have to come from Internet sources, but it could simply be the beauty of the environment around us. I was inspired by the serenity and the perfection of nature to write an article about change. Nature changes all the time, and so do we. As cliche as it sounds, there is beauty in every change. We get to experience more in life, and as we do, we mature and grow into a better person.
Photography by Eugene Choi & Myself.
Edits by Myself.