I have been in this store a million times in multiple states. And the store has been the same wherever I went….well maybe there were a few small differences, nothing to really throw me off or make me notice them.
There are quite a few of the stores near me that I can shop at, making it easier because I know if I can’t find it at one store, I will find it at another. And I can stop in, no matter where I am going because there are so many to choose from.
So, this week I walked into a Target store near me that I hadn’t been to in a few months…. I stopped in my tracks when I walked through the doors. Where was I?
Really?? Where were the electronics…. They were here near the door the last time I was here. Ugh!
The ENTIRE store was changed. I didn’t recognize it AT ALL!
Why rearrange the store? Where did everything go? I was on a mission with a time constraint and I couldn’t find anything…. Nothing was where it was supposed to be. Seriously??
Change is inevitable. I get that. I used to spend all day rearranging the kitchen, or the living room, or the dining room, or my kids rooms, trying to get the rooms just right in the house where we were living at the moment, because I wanted it to feel like home, even though I knew we would be moving again. I was freaking out, feeling lost and uncomfortable because NOTHING was where it was supposed to be…is that how my boys or my husband felt when they came home after one of my rearranging days? I wanted to turn around and leave the store and not return until it was back the way it was used to be…. Did my kids and husband want to turn around and run from the house when I changed things? Hmmmm…..
I was beginning to see how change affects me. I have always had a difficult time with change. Change was not always a good thing for me. It didn’t always bring positive things to my life. But some change did. Still, change is uncomfortable. I want to control the change in my life (thus my rearranging when I WANTED to).
And well, I figure that after 30 years of standing beside my husband as he served our country in the Air Force, after ALL the moves, ALL the TDY’s (when my husband had to go away for training or other reasons also known as Temporary Duty for those not familiar with military lingo), and after the ALL the deployments, missed holidays, missed birthdays…. Well you get it…. After all the change that was required of us by the military and that was completely out of my control, I think I deserve a “change free” life for the rest of my life!
Yeah. Like that is going to happen!
My trip to Target proves I will NEVER have a “change free” life.
Shouldn’t each individual have an “out-of-our-control-change” quotient and once reached, then only change that we can control is allowed? So, Target should have checked with me before they changed the store! Shouldn’t they have known that only change I approve of and control is allowed for the rest of my life?
I guess they didn’t get the memo!
So, I cannot control change around me. I cannot stop it from happening. But I can control how I handle it.
Yes, it freaked me out to enter a store I did not recognize, when I should have. But I have gone to new places and not known where things were and it didn’t make me want to run away. So why did this completely throw me? Because it was familiar before and now it wasn’t. When the comfortable and known becomes the unknown it also becomes uncomfortable. So, how do I make it more comfortable? By pushing past the discomfort and moving on. By trusting and taking a leap.
Change is inevitable. It is going to happen whether or not I want it to. It is going to happen whether or not I like it. It is going to happen whether or not I control it. And though change in my younger years was negative and brought about a lot of pain, NOT ALL change will be negative. There is positive change in life. And there is something that can be learned. Something that can be taken from change that can help me grow as a person, even the negative change.
Walking into my favorite store this week reminded me that stepping outside my comfort zone creates growth. And showed me that if I just go with it, then it will soon become comfortable and familiar and it will make shopping their easier in the long run.
Maybe that was Targets plan all along!
I finished my shopping trip, found everything I needed (though it took me MUCH LONGER than it should have), and my day was NOT ruined by this change.
I just need to take the leap and push through that discomfort, whatever it is, and growth will come!
(I still don’t like change, but I am learning to accept it and learn!)