2017 has really been a year of stepping out of my comfort zone and although I can see how it's making me grow some...it has also been causing me alot of stress and even some depression. The older I get the less I like change in my life but when things never change there is often stagnation in our lives too. We can get in a rut and not even realize we are in one until change somes roaring into our lives and we either accept those changes and step forward along with them, or make ourselves and sometimes others miserable by trying to make those changes go away and leave us alone. Change comes to all our lives whether we want it to or not. It's up to each of us whether we decide to think of those changes as coming with positives and not just negatives. How we decide to deal with change is going to be the deciding factor of how much peace or stress we will live with along with those changes. With all long term change there is a transistion period to go through...depending on the long term change it can be like going through mourning for something you will never have again. Aging is a transition that can bring alot of mourning and stress when we don't know how to navigate through the things aging brings to our lives. Some of my stress and depression this year has come from getting older and not knowing how to navigate through some of the changes that are happening to me and my husband. I'm having to step out of my comfort zone in so many areas of my life this year and at times it just overwhelms me. I'm having to take the lead in areas of our lives and I never have been comfortable being the leader. My introvert is having to play the extrovert at times now and this just doesn't come natural for me and makes me feel like I'm having an out of body experience. This is our reality now, this is our life now. Change is here whether we want it or not and being the positive people that we are...we will eventually wade through to the other side of it and see new growth and strength in both of us. And hopefully we will have gathered enough wisdom along the way to help others navigate change and step out of their comfort zones too.