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Opinion / Religion - June 26, 2017


By Jessica Wright

The Gyp Hill Premiere

Life is an always evolving, ever changing thing. The earth itself is always changing. So why are we so afraid of something that is so natural? Change by definition is making a difference in the state or condition of a thing or to substitute another state or condition. Change can go either way, bad or good. In my life experience, which is limited, I have found that when one responds to change in a positive way, the outcome is much more desirable than if one reacts in a negative way.

Progression is the act of forward or onward movement. As long as youíre moving forward, I feel as though you are succeeding. In this day and age, with technology advances happening every day, progression has never been more important. Our evolution as a species depends upon it. Any process of formation, growth, or development is evolution.

Not only are we changing, progressing, and evolving as a species, our own lives have such instances of evolution. Change can be positive. Your mindset is what makes it. Instead of dwelling on things that you canít change or bemoaning things that you donít want to change, embrace it. Roll with the waves and see where they take you. Change opens new doors for us around every turn. Granted, some doors should have stayed closed. That is the joy of life. We are forever learning and growing and experiencing more and more every day. We keep evolving our consciousness to understand more about the world we live in. Our bodies change and evolve. Carrying a child is a huge example of that. Plants go through cycles as well, growing and flowering and dying.

When I first started my job at the Premiere, I was apprehensive. This is something I had never done before. Having social anxiety, I was scared of social situations. I still have trepidation calling people. It was a huge change from any other job I had ever had in my life. However, it was the best decision I could have made. Iím 25 years old and I have the kind of dream job that people work years for all because I decided to embrace the change and the fear and open my mind to new experiences and a new schedule. I have made connections with people that go so far beyond the day to day. I would have never been able to make those connections as a waitress or as a teller. This change has also given me the ability to be more present in my childrenís lives. I donít have to worry about missing an activity that theyíre having at school, I donít have to worry about being told that I cannot attend something for my children. The best change is that, seeing as I love my job, thereís much less stress and I can go home and truly relax. Also, my bosses are pretty fabulous and who doesnít love working with fun, amazing people? They challenge me and teach me day by day.

So donít be afraid of change. Donít be afraid of the new item in your schedule, donít fear the new job. Everything goes through their changes. Embrace them and allow them to carry you to places and experiences you could never imagine. Change is scary because itís new. No one can tell what the future holds, but the longer you fight against it the longer you miss out on what life has in store for you.


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