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Teen Talk

February 2, 2013

A Word of Advice: Change is a brilliant thing

From the beginning of human history, we have come to be through adapting to our environment. So why do we all fear change when it hits our own personal lives? 

Whether in environment, lifestyle or social circle, change is more often than not approached reluctantly rather than adventurously. Change, whether it’s necessary or not, voluntary or shoved down your throat, is only as scary as we make it out to be, and more often than not, it’s for the better.

When we are born, we are welcomed into the world with nothing but the hair on our heads. We have no friends, no sense of home, and we can’t really even process what our names are. Everything from then on is a change in our state of mind. 

Our realities are introduced to us by society, our parents, our peers and our teachers. Since babies don’t have the mental capability to fear things they don’t yet understand, they don’t. They simply accept it. 

To young ones, the world is one big surprise, a wrapped gift of sorts. My question is, why do we let that attitude toward life fade?

Most of the time, we feel that we know who we are, or that we should know exactly who we are. Most people could tell you what they’re destined to do, where they think they’ll be in 20 years, and what their concrete identity is. 

While it’s important to be proud of who you are, people are clay from their first breath. Nothing beyond instinct is “hard-wired” into our brain — we’re adaptable right out of the gate! Life is so much more enjoyable when we accept that we’re always learning and developing around our surroundings, so why throw fits when they change?

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