Friday, April 22, 2011

Chameleon of Change

You know how I've been claiming I write my blogs on the weekends and schedule them to post? Well. Since it is nearly 10am on Friday and I am only right now writing today's post, obviously, that didn't work out this week. My schedule has been thrown askew.

I'm going all out here, writing off-the-cuff. Yikes!

It's okay. I can adapt. It's one of my strengths.

So, I just finished reading the book Candor by Pam Bachorz (great story, FYI) and am now halfway through Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor. Completely different books. One's a YA dystopian, the other a middle grade contemporary. Waiting to be read next (since it's a library book and gets priority over the other TBR books on my shelf) is Tithe by Holly Black. YA fantasy. Again, very different from the other books.

But this morning I realized all these books have a common theme. In fact, all my most favorite books share some version of this theme.

The main characters are all learning to adapt to the conflicts thrown into their lives. They may not all be Katniss Everdeen, but they're still warriors of one sort or another who take what's thrown at them and go with it, use it, adjust. They may not be happy about it, but they accept that things are changing and rearrange their way of thinking (and sometimes their schedules) and act accordingly. Over the course of the story, the characters themselves change, grow.

Change happens, whether we like it or not. How have you dealt with recent changes in your life? (Good or bad, I'm not picky.) Are you a chameleon of change? A desert gecko turned fish when you reached the ocean? An Arizona desert dweller turned Rocky Mountain snow angel?

And while you're thinking, how has dealing with change made you a better, stronger person?


Angie said...

The times, they are a changin'! My son turns 18 tomorrow. He graduates next month. Then it's off to college. I'm scared for me and for him, but this is the way life's supposed to be, so it's good. I am also feeling change coming in the way I think about writing and publishing, and it's weird for me. I've been very unsettled lately.

Julie said...

Well, lately, I've not been living very compelling character behavior, struggling to adapt and falling a bit short. Maybe I'm just in the middle of the challenges, and I'll have some great overcoming moments in the near future. Let's hope so.

Nichole Giles said...

Yep, Angie, I hear you. My son turns 18 next December, and it scares the daylights out of me. I am NOT that old. And hey, at least we unsettled writers are in good company, right?

Julie, good point. Now you've gone and made me think. Maybe it's not so much always about overcoming the obstacles. Maybe sometimes it's about learning how to deal with the stuff in-between? Good luck with all your changes!