Being a member of a family shows me a lot of change. Aging and growing create change and conflict at all turns. My mom has four kids. At one point she had a kid, two toddlers, and a brand new baby. Now she has two teenagers, a young adult, and an adult. We are the people she sees every day and we are always changing. She is changing too though. She is influenced by her job, by her education, by her kids, and by everything she sees. Her almost-89-year-old dad is going to come live with us soon. This means mega changes that stem from his aging. Changes are made because of and for my young nieces, too. They live next door to us. We make small changes and big changes for them but we do it gladly because when we are 89, we know they’ll be there for us.
Change is necessary, healthy and sometimes difficult. Sometimes we wait and desperately hope for change. Other times we see change starting to happen and we will it to stop. Change is an enemy of perfection. If something is perfect now, in a matter of time something will change and throw it all off balance. If something needs to change, eventually it will, but it might not always change the way you want it to. To coexist with change you need to embrace it. Change is only one, a powerful one, but only one variable in the formula that is life.
Kate Ahearn is a sophomore at Unatego Junior-Senior High School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk