Changed in the Night

Published December 29, 2021 by tindertender

“Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual, I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night?”

Sometimes, we change slowly. A little change here, a small adjustment there, tiny shifts day by day, and over time we grow into a very different version of ourselves. But at other times, we feel like we have been changed in the night. Our day might suddenly, without any warning at all, be very queer indeed. For Alice, and perhaps for you, there is a sense that so very much has changed in an instant, that the world has quite suddenly been turned upside down – or right side up! And, we have not had a moment to grow used to this new reality, the way we now are or the rules of the world we find ourselves inhabiting.

When a time like this comes, we can be in shock, a little numb and have trouble finding our way back to the center of ourselves. If you feel you may have been changed in the night – that your life has changed quite dramatically, quite suddenly – then take a moment. Remember your values, your feelings, yourself. Look about you, steady yourself and breathe in deep. You’ve been rocked and your sense of self, and of reality, is going to take a little time to resettle.

Continue to connect with your core self, be good to you and take it easy, but steadily. Remember, you are finding out who you truly are. Until this moment, you only knew who you could be when faced with certain, predictable circumstances. Now that so much has changed, you will find out so much more about yourself, and in time, this will enrich you so very much.

Sudden, unexpected change. A shock. Unexpected news. Adjusting to a new situation. Finding out more about who you are. Inexperience and uncertainty. An identity crisis due to changed circumstances.

Artwork by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

~ the Alice Wonderland oracle by Lucy Cavendish

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