Good advice from the borg
“Four quarters make a dollar,” he replied.
“Very funny,” I said, not laughing. “I’m talking life here, not pockets.”
“I like change that makes my life easier, like how the Powers-that-Be paved County Road 513. That’s a good change. I don’t like the kind that makes my life harder.”
“Like changing a flat?” I offered.
“No,” he said after giving it some thought. “Like clerks at the hardware store standing on the same side of the checkout as customers. Now we have to walk around them and bag our own stuff. That’s a bad change.”
“Yeah, what’s with that?” I agreed. Then again, I’m not keen on changes of any kind. And the older I get, the worse I tend to react. Even the spring-ahead, fall-back time change throws me for a loop.
If you gathered that I have trouble “going with the flow,” you gathered right. When something threatens to shift my structured little life, I make like Elvis and get all shook up. And I relate to those cartoon characters who span the doorway with all fours to keep from being pulled through.
But I’m not the Lone Ranger. Like Linus and his security blanket, plenty of us are hard-pressed to give up the comfort of a familiar routine. What makes us dig in our heels at the mere thought of change? In my case, fear of the unknown. I’d make an awful member of the Starship Enterprise. “Boldly,” my rump.
From that famous series comes a fitting line though. As the Borg on Star Trek clearly state, “Resistance is futile.” If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my half century on the planet, it’s that change is inevitable. I’d be further ahead accepting it and storing away my boxing gloves.
And with major life changes on the threshold, there’s no time like the present. Within a year, my Number One Son will graduate, and this old mom will shift gears and return to the work force. My 17-year comfort zone is in serious Shake-up Mode.
But as a friend pointed out, “The trouble is in the transition. Eventually we get used to a new place, a new job, or a new life.”
So I’m doing my best to take the Borg’s advice.