Bob Dylan is helping me sort out some things today; isn't that nice of him? He probably didn't realize that his song, Times They Are A-Changing, would be stuck in some girl's head on a pre-Autumn morning in 2011. I woke up humming the song, my brain set on 'repeat'.
I rushed around my apartment this morning. I lost the companion to my favorite black heels and crawled around, one-shoed, searching under my bed and couch for it. It was in the kitchen. I lost my iPhone, which has yet to be located, my keys (again this week) and had all kinds of thoughts running through my head mainly the two extremes of joyful and fearful. Finally, I found my shoe, grabbed my purse, laptop, water bottle, sunglasses. . .and stepped out the door.
After quickly turning the key to lock the door, I paused. To my right, through the breezeway of the apartment complex, I saw the parking lot. There's nothing significant about it, it's just a parking lot, but it's part of my daily routine. To my left, the yard and sidewalks leading to other apartments. It struck me how very happy I have been for the past few years. Early morning sunlight spilled in and touched me where I was standing, warming up my face. I felt the cool air of a newly approaching season and smiled. It was then that I acknowledged the lyrics to the tune that I had been humming and realized that they eerily fit into what I have been experiencing lately. For the times, they are a changin'.
Things are changing for me and many others around me. It's part of life. We change in little ways everyday but there seems to be seasons in our lives where significant change happens and if we don't take notice soon enough, it can become overwhelming. Not only am I realizing that my life is heading in a new direction, but so are the people in my life who are closest to me. The changes that they are experiencing will ultimately change my life and vice versa. Standing there in the breezeway, with my world paused, I took notice of everything. My apartment, my surroundings, how I felt rushing to work, my routine, my lifestyle and the constants in my life. It's all about to change, in most ways for the better, but change nonetheless. Notice this for a reason. Appreciate it.
The changes I'm referring to are seemingly positive. People are moving on and headed on to new places, new relationships, adding little ones to their lives, new jobs. Our relationships with one another will change a bit and that brings some sadness with it. So, with all of this positive change comes a feeling of mourning too.
The first verse of Bob Dylan's song seems almost like a reminder, or even a warning to me, that I need to recognize what is going on around me and be prepared for what's coming. I know he wrote this song in a different context but I feel like if I refuse to accept exciting changes that are approaching and try to preserve everything 'as is', I will be hit in the face with it later and will have given up the opportunity to rejoice for myself and others.
Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'