By now, the brilliantly hued autumn leaves have started to fall from the trees, crackling under our shoes as we rush to make it to class just on time. The air has a brisk, yet refreshing welcome as we switch out our tank tops and shorts for jeans and cozy sweaters.
Change is quite the ambiguous concept. Some see it in Broadway flashing lights, starstruck with the opportunities it boasts, while others would rather shove it into a tiny box in the deepest, darkest corner of their room.
I used to fall in the middle of this spectrum, tending to waver from one extreme to the other. But recently, I’ve come to realize I am in love with this inevitable aspect of life.
According to Mahatma Gandhi––yes I am quoting Gandhi––“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” We are in college, a time of finding ourselves, making some rather interesting, and sometimes questionable, choices, all the while accepting the whirlwind of an overwhelming and vast sea of change waiting to crash down on us, how would you choose to handle that? Personally, I would embrace it.
Of course, there is the ever– looming “silent” period we go through when massive changes occur in our lives. We all experience a time of getting our grip and realizing we have to go through a bit of darkness before we can reach the light again. It will get better, though, and it is undoubtedly worth it.
College is a bit like this.
You’re thrown into a new place, urged to pick a major and attempt to figure out what you’re going to do with the rest of your life. Some of you may quickly figure out your expectations did not meet the reality, and decide to change your major…a few times. Others will struggle to get used to a lifestyle away from home and fumble a bit until they get the hang of things. At first, this seems like a tad much to handle, but eventually you’ll start to realize that doors are opening and there will be unfamiliar but friendly faces behind them.
Maybe you’ll be exposed to a new aspect of life you never knew existed, you might fall in love with the endless opportunities that this change in your life has handed to you. Immerse yourself in these new experiences, and open yourself up to start living your life with a bit of uncertainty. Sure, you might get a few things wrong, but you’re trying something new and there is no shame in that.
Change is only what you make of it. It’s purely your perspective, and everyone has a different window they peer into the world from. You can decide to thrive and embrace the new differences or put the inevitable in that tiny box in the dark corner. I choose to fall in love with the transition, I choose to be the change I wish to see in the world.