Change is the only way to move forward. To progress. To truly be a better version of yourself every single day. Those who do not appreciate change will be left behind. Always. It is maybe ruthless at times, but there's no way around it.
Yesterday, I binged Wind Of Change a podcast that explores how, theoretically, the CIA could've helped the Scorpions write the song Wind of Change, which played a massive role in bringing Germany together and later defeating communism. The story itself is very interesting and nicely told.
But what I'm interested in is the idea of compounding change.
Looking at the Soviet Union in the 80s, you can see a few signs that change is going to come, sooner or later. The country (and the whole block) was just not doing well for a variety of reasons. If you look closely, you'll see how smaller changes preceded the paramount change. How, at the time, the appointment of Gorbachev wasn't incredibly monumental - yes, he was a different leader, but he was still a staunch communist. And how much the fact that he was in charge influenced later events.
In our lives we often either completely don't want change, or very hardly crave it. We don't want to change the things we're satisfied with, but at the same time desperately pursue change in areas that we're not so satisfied with.
But change is exactly like the wind. Sometimes it blows hard, sometimes it does not at all. And we cannot control it.
The only reasonable way is to go with it.