Coping with change
September was a month of change, and I usually don’t handle change well.
First I get anxious, then frustrated.
“Why can’t things just stay the same?” I repeat over and over.
After frustration comes the everso-popular annoyance.
“Things are changing all the time,” I use this as an excuse to overcompensate for the frustration.
But this time around, change hasn’t been a difficult transition. In fact, I’ve dealt very well.
What are the changes, you may ask? Since you’re so curious, I’ll give you the run down.
First, I was shopping at a local store with my sister and nephews when someone stole my cell phone. 24 hours without a phone is a very difficult task. I bought a new one the following evening, but the fact that I was robbed really upset me.
After my phone fiasco, I went on vacation to Toronto. I learned our
editor was moving on to another job while I was there, and that he would be gone before I returned. He was my mentor and the man who took a chance on me. Worry set in. After that, as a new member of the Trinity Conception Fall Fair committee, we were at a race to the finish in order to ensure everything was ready to go. It was a brand new group, and a whole bunch of new activities were planned.
As the month came to a close, there was no anxiety, no frustration and no annoyance. But why?
Being in this position here at The Compass has allowed me to adapt to change much better than I used to. Having a different type of story each day really helps to ease into some bigger changes that may be coming.
And if the anxiety, frustration or annoyance returns, I’ll remember how successfully I’ve made my way through this September.
October may also hav e li fe changes in store, but I’ll just take them as they come.
Melissa Jenkins is a reporter/photographer with The Compass newspaper. She can be reached at