Before I take the plunge and start blabbering endlessly about this topic, let me tell you that I would try not to sound very preachy this time. I can't promise, but I'll try :) It Thanks for your patience.
This article is written on account of my recent visit to my native country during the summer break. Needless to say, where I splurged on my favorite local cuisines and had a gala time with my long lost family and friends. However In the middle of all this, I came across a self realization experience, which I wouldn't be addressing discretely but as a general observation.
I visited my homeland after two years. For the records, I was born on the east side of the globe, while I now live in a western country. People at my place, given their exposure to "Bollywood" movies or probably due to their encounters with those smarty pants who suffer from a typical "NRI Syndrome" were expecting me to behave like one who talks in a foreign accent and throws tantrums, belittling their country by constantly complaining about the dirty roads, traffic, food, water, crowd etc. But guess what? I disappointed them, as I provided them with zero entertainment by gladly accepting back everything it had to offer during this trip.
So, as a result, I was labeled as "humble" and a "grounded person", while some of them also felt that I haven't changed, which obviously I took as a complement. But, having said that, something which left me contemplating was, have I actually not changed? as I racked my brain up for a few days, I came to the conclusion, that maybe I haven't changed in terms of my core values, but a lot in me still has changed.
So, that's why I would like to add my 2 cents on the concept of change. As we all know that "Change is the only constant" and is the "Law of life". We as humans are bound to change with time, whether we like it or not. Change can be broadly classified as Developmental, Transitional and Transformational. At personal level, change happens way too slower and gradual, than outside.
Therefore in my case too, change would have happened, irrespective of me crossing geographical boundaries. Rather getting exposed to new cultures, places and people adds a momentum to change as it broadens people's outlook. In my case, change occurred more on a personal level. As I developed a sense of self worth, I started valuing myself as much as I value others. I learned how to reclaim my mental peace by not concerning myself with those who try to mess up with it. I changed spiritually.
Change can be drastic, or it may approach us leisurely, it can be seamless or may bring upheavals. But, by being ready to welcome it, we can save ourselves from a lot of heart ache. Embrace it, because if we refuse to change, we stagnate and stop growing. Change will happen whether we want it or not, it can be tangible or intangible, but trust me, it's inevitable.