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Change is always for the better

Jose Gamboa, Contributing Writer

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As someone who has been through more than their fair share of self-modification, I have become extensively accustomed to change.

I have always been ready for change when it comes knocking on my door; for years, I have noticed that, on a superficial level, I am not closely related to the person I once was before the adjustment of character, and that is an okay thing to say and believe.

I do believe that all change is good, whether it be a change of hairstyle and aesthetic, a change of personality, or a change of personal viewpoints and stances, change is always a crucial thing to experience.

But not all people are so ready to embrace change as I have and continue to do; some people go as far as to resent change for what it brings and what it will alter after being introduced into a person’s life. Why is that so?

In my opinion, people like being comfortable; as human beings, we like being okay with our surroundings, lifestyle and choices. And while all that is dandy (being a-okay and always knowing how our lives are being run), it is all the more valuable being placed in a lifestyle situation where you do not know the outcome.

According to Amber Rose Monaco of the Huffington Post, her five reasons as to why change is a good thing are: to be pushed outside of your comfort zone, to be able to experience the opportunities that life is offering you, to be able to discover who you really are once your vision is widened, to be more adaptable and flexible to prove that you can handle change and to be able to enjoy life and have fun. Easily, those are the reasons why I have acclimated to welcoming change into my home.

Not only those matters, but change has allowed the society we exist in to blossom. Same-sex marriage was legalized, which was a major change in our society and legality as a country.

There is also the change of how we communicate with people. Social media and other similar platforms allow us to communicate with people that can be sitting right next to us, but also people that may live 20-plus hours away in a different country and time zone.

While these are just societal changes, they have become a staple model in our society. If we, as a singular person looking into ourselves, are able to self-examine and see that we can also evolve, then we can mimic our ever-growing civilization and flourish.

I firmly believe that change is an amazing thing to go through and flourish from. I have grown, severely, as a person. I am not afraid to say that I have changed; my parents, more specifically my mother, are not hesitant to claim how much and drastically I have changed – I am not offended by any of it though.

. It is not a matter of being afraid of how your life will change, or being apprehensive about what will come after the storm, it is more a matter of deciding if you will allow yourself to open the doors that are chained off to you because of the stigma that is associated with change.

A quote that I trust captures and adds new life to every word I have said in this article is said by Rosalind Russell for her portrayal as Mame Dennis in the 1958 drama Auntie Mame, “life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death,” and that cannot be more accurate.

Jose is a junior double majoring in English Creative Writing and Literature and is a contributing writer for The Voice.

 

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