Staff ed: challenging reflections

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issue 5, staff ed, Opinion - By Quaker Campus on Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 05:57

At this age, while we sit in college limbo, it is easy to settle into a comfort zone where a familiar routine can secure your thoughts, feelings and sense of purpose. We know who we are, what we want and where we are going next.

But, when suddenly faced with a foundation-shaking change, we may often reach an uncomfortable state of mind and begin to question our own personal motives in a place where we are supposed to be building them.

Generally, when it comes to change, we tend to embrace whatever brings us positive results. However, when news is particularly distasteful, it helps to remind ourselves that - at any point in our lives - anything and everything can happen; more change can occur.

Before we can finish dwelling on a moment, the structures of our lives can shift again, opening and closing us to countless opportunities. However, when our minds are fixed on old things of the past, it may be hard to see the opportunity of something new affecting our lives.

Ultimately, realizing life’s unpredictability allows us to better focus at a time when change will likely interrupt us. We can swiftly adapt to whatever we encounter and our lives can become dynamic and vibrant as we interact with the things around us.

While we cannot know what will happen tomorrow or in the years after college, opening ourselves to the different possibilities of life can help us grow along the way.