I’m not advocating eavesdropping, but it’s sort of hard to avoid sometimes.
Yesterday, Diane, older Michelle, and Elizabeth were talking about estate planning (Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills, those sorts of documents). And Diane got a bit philosophical. She said something to the effect of, ‘Change occurs every now and then, but transition is constant.’ As an example, she stated that relocating to a new city or starting a new job is a change, but that aging is a transition.
I’m still not sure if I agree with that analogy.
Let’s think on it.
The dictionary defines ‘change’ several ways – 1) to put or take (a thing) in place of something else; 2) to exchange; 3) to make different, alter; 4) variety.
The dictionary defines ‘transition’ as – a passing from one condition, place, etc. to another.
To me, that would mean aging is a change, but moving to a new job or place is a transition.
I wonder if, perhaps, Diane had it backwards. That transitions occur every now and then, but changes are constant.
But then, some people would probably consider change and transition one in the same, interchangeable.
And then, if you were to throw in John Knowles’ sentiment about “The more things change, the more they stay the same”…. (John Knowles wrote A Separate Peace. It’s a good book.)
I don’t know. It confuses me.
If there was a point to this post, I’ve quite forgotten what it was now. Sorry about that.
But speaking of change and transition, I’m feeling photo-y.
Here’s 5th grade me:
And here’s me a few days ago:
Not much change. Not much transition, either. I still have the glasses (although they’re a lot smaller now). I still don’t ever wear makeup. I still wear big plain clothes. I’m still a little fifth grader inside.
Well, maybe there has been more transition. Or more change.
Talk to me! What do you think?