In my previous world of mathematics, change over time looked like this: Δ/t.
Even now, when historians talk about change over time, this is what first comes to mind. Symbols. Equations. Δ/t….But that is changing. I am changing. My ideas of history are changing. Yes, indeed there is a Δ/t in my understanding of history just as Δ/t is an important concept in history.
For me, change over time in studying to be a historian involves, mostly, different ways of looking at history and asking questions of history. It involves theories, methodologies, historiographies (and my place in them ahhh!!!!!!!!!!!). It involves honing in, looking closely at particular time periods, but also in extending out, in expanding my horizons in looking at historical processes and cultural dynamics. For me, it also opens up a challenge – a challenge to write academically, while still wanting to write something my mother would want to read.
I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey so far, although I have crashed at times, (like last night) from exhaustion. (Fell asleep at the computer at 7:00.) And although the trek is difficult at times, I look forward to next year and the continuing changes that will come.