Change is inevitable, unstoppable, constant, infinite, perpetual, necessary, integral, beautiful, chaotic, and it is what makes life possible while also ensuring its demise. Even when a surface appears whole and unblemished, on the molecular level, things are rearranging, breaking down, forming new compounds and wearing perfection’s veneer to a perceptible thinness. Nothing is perfect, but in that imperfection we find the symbiotic relationship of all things, how energy moves and binds us to reality. We fear change because we get comfortable and our connections grow strong to those around us, but it is that which we fear that will ultimately allow us to connect on a deeper level, imperceptible in our current state, when we change forms and combine to make something new, something we always felt was possible. Accept change and embrace that you are part of everything that doesn’t yet exist, as much as what has come before.
This is my philosophy, what change means to me as a human. People would like to halt the aging process. This is living in denial, and trying to fit into the mold of accepted beauty standards. See the first line above. People would like to be rewarded for their good deeds in an afterlife where they get to remain the same for eternity. Again, see above. Only when we stop fighting against the tide are we truly free to swim in the sea. This is the secret to enjoying life.
Stop pretending to know everything. Just accept the mystery of awareness. Or waste your time trying to decipher what it all means.
Jay Sizemore dropped out of college and has since sold his soul to corporate America. He still sings in the shower. Sometimes he writes things down. His work has appeared online and in print with magazines such as Rattle, Prick of the Spindle, DASH, Menacing Hedge, and Still: The Journal. He’s never won any awards. Currently, he lives in Nashville, TN, home of the death of modern music. His chapbook Father Figures is available on Amazon. His poetry is featured in Issue 1.1. Read it here.