The Inevitable

Sara - New York
Entered on February 4, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: change
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I believe that amidst all the chaos of the world and humanity’s disconnection with one another, change is the only thing I can rely on. It is there like the constant tug of gravity on my body. Exemplified when winter changes to spring to summer to fall and back again. I, myself, change from a baby to a child to an adult. My mind grows and develops. My daily life is a series of changes. Work and study five days a week changes to fun and play for two days. Then I repeat. Our lives, minds, bodies, and the world are always changing. It is not something that might happen at some random time. We know there will be change. We expect it. Change is my constant because it is inevitable.

I came to this conclusion one lazy August day while contemplating the inevitable moment of returning to school and leaving the summer behind. ‘Back to reality,’ I thought as I imagined walking through the hallways of high school. It struck me that we are constantly uprooting our current positions and readjusting to changes. The idea was not earth-shattering and had certainly been voiced before, but it resonated within me. I had to leave the summer days behind and progress on to my last year of high school. After that my life will change again and I will move on and readjust.

Change can be for better or for worse but it will be my constant challenge. Perhaps on a large scale the next change will bring world peace or maybe more in war. The next change in my life could see me at college or maybe not. In these increasingly modernist times when there is a lack of belief in anything, change is mine. We have to roll with it because if we don’t, it will just roll past us. It is my test in life to embrace these changes and live my life.

Change is a savior when things are going bad and a challenge when it makes things go wrong. Change causes problems and creates many enemies, but it is unavoidable so the only way to live with it is to embrace it and see the good that it brings.