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Are You Ready for Change?

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Are You Ready for Change?
Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it. – George Carlin

Change is tough.

Oxford Languages defines it as “the act or instance of making or becoming different.”

When people talk about the New Normal it’s another way to describe change. But change can be fun. You just need to do it right.

Consider your age. Do you want to be older? Younger?

If you count in Mars years, one year is 687 days or almost twice as long as Earth. That means you only need half the candles on your cake. Look how much money you can save.

Here’s another way to change age. How old are you not including the summers? That’s a lot of days to take off and you don’t even have to come from Mars.

Who’s going to argue? It’s the truth – studies that have found up to 75% of people in social media lie about their age. Even Jennifer Lopez lied, saying she was born in 1970 when it was actually 1969. People love to change their numbers whether years, dollars, candles, or pounds.

Perhaps you earn in six figures – $000,000? Who’s going to know except the IRS and that’s a good thing. Then of course there are those lying billionaires who claim to earn much more than they do and those not-lying billionaires who actually earn more than anyone knows. Are you listening Jeff Bezos?

There are so many numbers you can change! On Pluto you change your weight to 10 lbs. Your one cup of coffee a day can be 8 ounces or 64 ounces and no one asks. After all, a cup of Joe is healthy, right?

Think about other changes like pants size, phone numbers, and canasta. Some may not be as cooperative as your age on Mars. Calories, fat grams, and LDL can be downright annoying. Simply change them by distraction – talk about fun numbers, especially when you’re having dinner with boring people.

Look at it this way:

You share your birthday with nine million other people on the planet. They’re changing, too.

You spend about 25 years of your life asleep. Maybe it’s time to stop counting.

You eat about 152 pounds of sugar in a year – roughly equivalent to the weight of an average male Great Dane. Listen up stevia.

The biggest change is The New Normal. Whatever that is. Everyone seems to have a different definition.

It’s said that the only thing that is constant in life is change. So enjoy change when you can. Wear sneakers instead of dress shoes. Eat greens instead of beef. Drink almond milk instead of the cow’s stuff.

How about changing your favorite ice cream (vanilla) to mint chocolate chip? Or change your favorite TV show, Law & Order, to Heartland? It might leave you with a smile. If you’re looking for really dramatic change, turn off Sunday Night Football and watch a mushy, feel-good Netflix movie.

Change is in the air. Embrace it.

Dr. Jeri Fink, author, photographer, traveler, and family therapist, challenges the creaky myths of aging. She believes that now is a creative, exciting time to grow and explore new ideas, people, and places. Visit Dr. Jeri at,,   or to enter her world of discovery, fun, and insights. Her fiction project, Broken, is a series of seven thrillers that defy tradition. She is presently working on Book Web Minis – a series of fun, fast and positive mini books (50-70 pages long) where readers partner with the experts. Check it out at

She tells us: “I challenge the art of writing by merging fact, fictional elements, interactivity, and photography into nonfiction mini books. I draw from my training in social work, experience in individual and family therapy, professional research, and passion for exploring positive psychology. My 32 published books, hundreds of articles and blogs, speaking engagements, and active online presence all reflect who I am today.”

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