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Teen Talk

November 2, 2013

On the Go: Don't be afraid of the 'what ifs'

You’ve heard all the sayings, from “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” or “you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take” to “just do it.” 

Taking a chance, making a change and reacting to chaos are the roots of what it means to exist. Change is a constant force hurtling through life even at the slowest moments. How do we begin to fathom something as essential as change? Chaos and change are the mind-set of the universe. As members of the intergalactic community, we have learned to try to cope with, cultivate and/or harness these forces. We’ve learned about cyclic changes and norms. We acknowledge and fight chaos. 

We’ve learned to accept the need to modify our clothing choices to match the seasons. Yet we wake up each morning and make our beds. From the most basic to life-altering, our responses to change, choice and chaos comprise our whole existence.   

Some people believe change has to be to or for something in particular. Sometimes people seek change simply for the change itself. On dictionary.com, I found 34 definitions of “change.” If a change is sought because of discontent with the present state of things, the value of the experience could be primarily derived from the simple act of changing and challenging the status quo. At least you’d be trying. 

When considering a split from conformity, some people panic. I’d advise people to ditch the existential “they,” who hold so much power and sway.

Then there’s that little thorn we call practicality. Sure, it’s nice to have money in the bank and a fancy job title. And maybe jumping on a plane would throw a wrench in your plans. But if you died tomorrow, which would you regret not doing?

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