Changing Course

Changing course is sometimes a requirement, sometimes a habit, and sometimes a break to building up. In dire situations, we need to reevaluate our circumstances. If we habitually change course, perhaps we are seeking to find a proper fit for our personality. And if we build up momentum and a want for change, we may one day reach a point of break. At this point, it will be inevitable that we form change. Changing course demands some vigorous restructuring of our own daily lives. It also demands an alternation in mindset, which is the driving force for opposing forces like stagnation and settling.

When we change course, we make decisions. They are not necessarily explicit, but we engage in non-attachment. We seem to think non-attachment will throw us into the ether, unable to grasp at an solid foundation of who we may be. But non-attachment does the opposite. It instills in us a more balanced and more stable glance at the potent real self. It’s to ask: who are we once we thrust ourselves out of our comfort zones? If we are only a self inside of an organization, a hobby, a relationship, a victim state, then we are rendered as a non-active individual. This is seen in people who are so intricately wound up within their micro-community that their realities become skewed.

Mountains photo by Rohit Tandon

The feeling of comfort may coincide with the feeling that though some things in the micro-community will change, there will always be base foundational components to which the individuals cling. All humans may have experienced this intrenchment to varying degrees. Some are engrossed by the preaching of a financial god, some deeply glorify an abusive person in their life, and others neglect to truly identify their active roll in a micro-community – relinquishing all accountability for their actions during the period of time that they are deeply within an organization.




The act of changing course, whether it was brought upon one or the individual sought it out,  seems like nothing other than fate guiding the narrative. It may seem inevitable that a decision was to be made, where the idea itself was once an impossibility. In changing course and being non-attached, the individual draws himself as a fluid participant. He is acting; and in fact, change course takes a form of certainty in the uncertain that many people who never truly live will call mad. Others will see desperation and some may even vocalize trepidation. In doing so, they reveal their own insecurities. For anyone trying to dissuade an individual from achieving a solid goal that he has set his mind on is only calling forth his inability to listen and follow through on his own goals.

Changing course marks a heightening of self-awareness when the individual is cognizant that the change will reconfigure his life. This change is done in uncertainty of results, and certainty only in the amount of effort that he will put into the endeavor. He will parcel out successes not on the validations of others, but on the merit of his actions. He will identify stamina as the life force forging talk into action, and action into change.