When nothing changes but you

Here’s to growing up! Here’s to becoming someone who is entirely your own.  And here is to making changes for the better.

So, strangely enough, this year I got to go home for spring break! And let me tell you, I am glad I did, especially since I won’t be coming home this summer.

But have you ever wondered what is different about each time you come home? I mean really, every time I come home I feel like everything is the same, yet different.  I suppose a quote from the movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” might help with such explanation, “Funny thing about coming home, looks the same, smells the same, feels the same … you realize that what’s changed, is you.”

I would 100 percent agree.  I don’t hang out with the people I used to in high school.  I don’t even have the same conversations with my parents that I did when I was younger (it’s OK, the conversations have gotten more awesome).

I have gained new values.  I value engaging in intelligent conversations with people who possess the same maturity level as me.  I value being able to tell other adults about my aspirations.  I value hard work. And I value the friendships that I have created with new people that will surely last a lifetime.

Why has this happened? Nothing around me has changed. I have changed.

It is for these reasons and more, that I believe change is not to be feared.  Change will bring more opportunities and perspective.  It will provide us with numerous challenges to be overcome.  However, challenges are not always a bad thing.  Challenges are what force us to put our best foot forward and reach our maximum potential.

Change should not be feared.  I encourage everyone to examine what changes have become more apparent in their lives.  I am willing to bet you that all the changes made around you were due to changes made within yourself.  Embrace these changes and continue to strive as a student, friend, son or daughter, and as a Falcon.  I hope that everyone can recognize their self-worth and keep on keeping on.  Stay classy BG!

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