Ever so slightly.
That’s how things first start to change. At first, there appears to be no problem at all. Everything seems to be working out just fine. And then, you notice very little changes, but you disregard it, thinking, “it’s probably nothing.” But that one little thing turns to two, and then three, and then four, and the next thing you know, it feels as if everything has changed, and you find yourself unable to adapt, but having to anyways.
It’s not always the sudden, radical, unexpected or unprecedented change that hurts the most. Sometimes, it is that which takes place in a manner that you yourself are not aware of right at that moment that causes the most pain. There is a popular saying that goes, “life is not about the destination; it’s about the journey.” When it comes to pain, change is not what hurts the most, it is but a “destination;” that which is truly destructing is the witnessing–and subsequently journeying–of the human soul into that transition, ever so slightly.