You’ve Changed

Personal Growth is Natural, Necessary


Maddy Kang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

I’m not the same as I was last week. I’m not the same as I was last month. I’m for sure not the same as I was last year.

I’ve changed — there, I said it. 

People change and things change. It’s not necessarily always a bad thing.

The only way for us as humans to truly live is to constantly evolve and grow. We flourish in the presence of reflection and learning from our pasts.

Even looking into nature, we see caterpillars transforming into butterflies. Butterflies ultimately change into their adult versions to fulfill a different niche within their ecosystems. 

Maybe that’s why we change and grow — to fulfill our one true purpose in life. It would be impossible to discover what we are put on this earth to do if we never went through experiences that would inevitably push us to change, whether it be good or bad.

Change isn’t always easy. Sometimes we are put in difficult or uncomfortable circumstances. But that is part of learning to grow. Learning to be comfortable in the uncomfortable is imperative to being able to accept change and to grow as a person.

When stuck in hard times, it’s so tempting to give up. But don’t. The last thing anyone wants is to be stranded in stagnancy, drowning in some place they are not meant to be.

I once saw this saying on VSCO — yes I go on there, and no I am not a VSCO girl — that said “The only way out is through.”

That in itself speaks more than I ever could about change. 

If you are in a place in your life that you do not want to stay, you have to not only go through it, but you have to grow through it. 

The only healthy way to get to where you want to be, on the other side of that hill, is to see the light peeking through the skies of change — and to be accepting of it. 

Let’s change for the better. Let’s stop taking it as an insult. 

If not now, when?