Life Transitions & Challenges
Life is a journey with many challenges and changes.
It makes sense that change is often difficult. Most
of us are creatures of habit and how we define ourselves
is very much related to our routines, relationships,
and our “overall sense of self”.
Some of our clients at Family Therapy
Associates tell us their definition is related to
the roles they play in other people’s lives, whether
they are “the child, the parent, the grandparent”
etc. For others the “definition” is closely connected
to “what they do”, their occupation, attractiveness,
ability at sports, etc. and when their definition
of self is challenged by change, it often creates
difficulty even if the change is welcomed.
So why is change
so difficult for so many?
While change has many faces, life
transitions cause us to leave behind the familiar
and force us to adjust to new ways of living.
Sometimes life transitions are expected
and sometimes we are caught completely off guard.
Sometimes we view the change as a positive event
and sometimes not, depending on the circumstances
and the context of the change.
There is one thing however, that all
life changes have in common. Adjustment to change
is often difficult.
You are probably thinking about your
situation which has brought you to this particular
- Are you a young adult planning your future or
going off to college?
- Are you starting or looking for a new career
- Are you getting married?
- Are you expecting a baby?
- Are you buying a house?
- Are you adjusting to a move?
- Do you have a child going off to preschool -
- Are you becoming an “empty nester”?
- Are you beginning retirement?
- Has your life been changed by an accident, a
death or divorce?
is normal to experience some uncertainty when confronted
with change. Change is a process and it often takes
some time to get used to “the new way”.
“loss” is involved, it is possible to learn about
and discover our personal strengths and to explore
what we can still find hopeful and enjoyable. This
time of reflection can result in a sense of renewal,
stability, and a new equilibrium.
Certainly, depending on the circumstances,
some changes may seem more difficult to adjust to
Some people regard “life transitions”
“as part of life” and we would agree. However, that doesn’t make change easy .
“Because things are the
way they are, things will not
stay the way they
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situation to help,
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