Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Change?

A promotion of change and why fear is only holding us back.


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Change, by definition, is “the act or instance of making or becoming different.” The biggest fear for a lot of people is change (the fear of change is called “Metathesiophobia”). These people are otherwise comfortable in their concurrent lives of incessant drollness. I was one of these people for quite a long time; I’ve lived my entire seventeen-year long life in the same house, I have my ‘usual’ from each and every restaurant I attend, and I generally stick around the same people.

As of recently, I’ve branched out a lot. I’ve gotten to know new people, tried new foods and explored some of the places I’ve ignored. I’ve learned quite a lot about my surroundings and myself. My motivation to embrace and create change is not only to escape some of the problems of my past, but also to prepare for the inevitable changes that are coming in my future. First comes college, then comes marriage, and then comes a baby in the baby carriage.

Senior Christopher Munoz says that, “Change is a virtue that should be cherished.” He, like me, was one that was  afraid of change, but has recently embraced coming changes. He has come to realize not to fear change, but to accept it as it comes. I feel as though many Seniors and Juniors should be willing to accept these coming changes positive or negative; sometimes what seems like a curse is actually merely a blessing in disguise. We should not fear change for it can teach us a lot; how we react and respond to change is what teaches us the most about ourselves;

George Bernard Shaw states, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” It is change that makes the world go round. Change of opinion, change of action, change in general. We all should embrace change as it comes.

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