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February 2, 2013

A Word of Advice: Change is a brilliant thing

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Sometime change happens to things that had been almost concrete in our minds since our days of cognitive youth. Our best friends who we would play with on the swings; our hometowns; the dreams of being spaceman-popstar-surgeons; from our first days sitting criss-cross-applesauce on the alphabet rug in kindergarten, we had always had these in our heads as certainty. Eventually, a lot of these become crushed, to our disappointment. Friends change over the years when paths of life fork off; parents get new job opportunities that require a change of scenery; and we realize we aren’t quite fit to get three separate college degrees while chasing off the adoring space-fans we had dreamed of in our childhoods. This can be good for us, though.

When we get older, we get introduced to multitudes of new opportunities and new dangers. From being shipped off to boarding school to becoming addicted to drugs, we commonly just lose common ground with our friends, or worse, they become a danger to our well-being and success. 

When friends begin to drag you down with their negativity or bad habits, they become what some call “toxic friends.” If friends are beyond a point of help or have repeatedly made attempts to lower your spirits, it’s best to leave them and find even better friends. Trust me when I say that there are people out there who will be positive pushes in your endeavors — you just have to seek them out. While we may still be stuck in our school district, and we may exist in social fishbowls before we swim with “all of the fish in the sea,” there is always more than what you have known to explore within it, trust me.

When the world changes, it is like a brand new area to explore is opened to us. That’s why I love life — not even outer space is the final frontier, because people always have new places, people and lifestyles to explore for ourselves. 

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