On Change


I was feeling hungry on my way home from work. My lunch, while healthy, had been rather uninspiring.  Not disappointing, but definitely uninspiring.  I reached inside my bag and came out with a Cliff Bar.  The thing was, it was an oatmeal raisin walnut cliff bar and it was delicious.  No, this isn’t a promotion.  I am not getting paid in money or Cliff bars.

If you had asked me last year what my favourite flavour of these bars was, I would have said peanut butter and chocolate. However, one year later, I would say it is the one I had today.  Besides saying to myself, “what a difference a year makes,” it has prompted me to think about change.  (Cue the David Bowie music–because it has been rattling around in my head since I started thinking about this on my hot and drowsy ride home.)

My somewhat random and incomplete thoughts on change:

  • Changing your favourite flavour of ice cream or Cliff bars isn’t a huge life change…..or is it?
  • Changing your habits is only suppose to take 30 days.
  • Change can happen quickly without warning or it can happen so subtly that you don’t recognize it until it has already happened.
  • Many of us yearn for change, not thinking that things don’t always change for the better.
  • I want changes to happen, but don’t feel compelled to make them happen.
  • Food companies (I am thinking of you Post Cereals) often make changes that I do not like, and don’t seem concerned when I send them an angry letter.
  • I could change the tires on my car, but that wouldn’t make me a better rider.
  • I could change the wheels on my bike and get fatter ones. Apparently that will make me go faster, despite everything I have ever learned about physics.
  • Changing the toilet roll is possibly more difficult that changing cable companies.
  • Every time Microsoft changes Word, I can’t find anything.
  • Change happens when you least expecting it, least prepared for it, and most convinced that it won’t.
  • If I could change one thing about myself right now, I would like to be thinner.
  • I change my pillow to the cold side often. I have been told that I can do it while asleep.

So, this blog is rather incomplete. I have a lot more to say about change, but I just can’t seem to get it sorted out and onto the page.  I am struggling with what I want to say about change and what I want to change.  Thank you for your patience and hopefully I will find a way of articulating it better.

If you have any thoughts on change, I would love to hear them.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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7 Responses to On Change

  1. Hunida says:

    I hate change because I’m always scared for the bad kind. Your point of “everyone yearns for change, not realizing it won’t always be for the better” is so spot on!!

    & I’m super curious about the Post Cereal angry letter! Hahah what did they change that upset you so much?!

    • Anthony says:

      They changed my alphabits. It wasn’t as if it was the best tasting cereal, for kids or adults–that’s either sugar crisp or Froot Loops–but from time to time I liked that slightly chalky taste of Alphabits.
      Now the things are double the size, full of air, less chalky, and even worse tasting.
      I sent them off an angry letter, hoping that they would at least offer me my money back for the box of cereal I am never going to eat and am going to watch rot on my kitchen counter until I throw it away sometime next year.
      Instead they waxed lyrical about how they were making positive changes for everyone.
      Who are they kidding? I replied with two words “New Coke”.
      They haven’t responded again.

      • Hunida says:

        LOL!!! Oh my gosh. They should have sent you coupons at the very least!

      • Anthony says:

        No coupons, no soft sell on any of their other products either! Oh well. I have passed up their products a few times now. They won’t likely see it on their stats, but at least I am doing something.
        Thanks for taking my side. I appreciate it.

      • Hunida says:

        Haha of course I’m on your side! ♡

  2. I’m a fan of change. I like to make big changes from time to time (career, country, etc) to shake things up a bit. If not, life can get stale.

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