Growing Up, Gaining Wisdom
By Olivia Trusdale

            Plans change. Feelings change. Thoughts change. Trees lose their leaves and grow them anew. Humans are born, they live, and they die. Lessons are learned and passed on to the generations who come after. 

All around us, life seems to be whizzing past, with the earth never ending its constant spinning. 

As you can guess, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about change. We are already five months into the year, and each passing day feels as if it’s flying by more quickly than the last. 

Too, it’s graduation season, and I know many high school seniors who will be on their way to college in a few short months, as well as several college seniors who will soon be heading into the workforce. 

Recently, several friends and I were somberly considering all the people who would shortly be leaving us and “striking out on their own”, ready to “make their way in the world”. Many of the seniors had given speeches and reminisced; there was hardly a dry eye in the room. Then one girl mentioned something I hadn’t considered before. She said, “I would be sad if I weren’t so excited for them.” She was happy that the seniors were coming to a new chapter in their lives, just as she would be happy when she came to that new chapter in her own life. Sometimes the changes that initially pain us are actually quite beneficial to those we love.

Of course, this coming to new crossroads, this beginning of new chapters, this “turning over of new leaves”- is all quite natural and normal. 

While growing up and growing old can be a bittersweet experience, it often brings about good things. Wisdom is gained through painful times, and patience is practiced while we wait. 

I recently heard a quote about change that very much resonated with me. It said, “What if I told you that 10 years from now, your life would be the same? I doubt you’d be happy. So, why are you so afraid of change?” No one wants to be stuck where they are forever, whether that’s on a personal/emotional or physical level. Children, for example, must be taught the consequences of their actions so that they grow up and mature emotionally. Eventually, they have to leave their parents’ homes physically so that they learn to be comfortable in their own skin, figuring out how to be their own person, and discovering what unique gifts they bring to the world. 

Every year brings new opportunities for growth and friendship, but most of these opportunities are brought about by (you guessed it!) changes. We can either view every new person we meet as another chance to get hurt OR as a new opportunity to grow friendships and deepen our love for the people around us! Personally, I want to keep growing (and changing) to become a better friend to the people I meet and to become a better person overall.

At Perka, we’re no stranger to change. We’ve experienced A LOT over the many years that our company has existed. However, the beginning of Perka in and of itself was a change, a risk. But we sure are glad that our founder, Ed “E.T.” Thevenot, took that risk and accepted the change. 

Since he began the company, we’ve still been experiencing changes. We have made a lot of new friends and allies throughout the United States and Canada, and guess what? While each one was a new opportunity, each was also a new (BIG!) change! Every new teammate, partner, client we’ve gained has made things “different” from the way they were before.  Every relationship can affect us! 

And we are so grateful for these changes! They are what keep us going and growing, collectively and as individuals. 

While we have also walked through some difficult times and some tough changes over the years, the adversity has taught us a lot. One of our core values as a company is flexibility, and it doesn’t apply just to our buildings. We try to stay flexible in our daily lives, working with whatever “curveballs” life throws at us.  And we GO WITH THE FLOW first and steer what we can with whatever we have!  It’s a formula that really lends to more STRESS FREE life experiences.

 If you would like to learn more about our company, our culture, our purpose, what we do, and our core values, feel free to check us out on our website, or contact us here

We would love to chat and discover how we can help you embark on your next building journey! 

Though we know any new endeavor like this can be a big step (and a big change, depending on the circumstances), we seek to be of service to you, for you, and we hope you enjoy the wonderful changes that are on their way to improve your life. 

So, as always, keep growing, keep changing, and keep gaining wisdom.