The first hint tells us that "life is always changing", and before we know it, there could be "new generations before our eyes". This is a pun on Conway's Game of Life, in which an initial configuration changes with each mathematical iteration of the rules, which is known as a "generation".
the grid at the bottom comes in. The grid is a valid pattern in Conway's Game of Life, and if we heed step 2's advice to wait "for the patterns to reveal themselves" and advance the pattern for two generations, we reveal the following 7x7 array of 3x3 patterns:
heeding step 3's advice to "close the gaps with those around" and step 4's advice to "see the bigger picture", we unify these 3x3 patterns into a 21x21 big pattern:
looks a lot like a QR code! Scanning it takes us to a Google web search with the word D6yTR in the search bar. Going to https://i.stack.imgur.com/D6yTR.png takes us to another Conway's Game of Life pattern. This time, we need only evolve it for one generation to reveal the answer: