The Flash’s inspirational living column


Maddie Papia, Staff Reporter

Something that I’ve learned is that change is scary, hard, and all of the other bad things. I moved from Wisconsin to California in 8th grade and at the time, it was the worst thing that had ever happened to me. The key words are: at the time.

Now? Now I can’t imagine where I’d be if it never happened. So much changed so quickly and adjusting wasn’t easy, but the changes were for the better. Inevitably, I changed and made both bad and good decisions that all led me to sit here at my computer and write about it.

Yes, if I had a time machine I wouldn’t change a thing. Things change and we can hate it in the moment, but in the end everything turns out to be okay or even better. And you know it to be true too. How many times have you survived change? Obviously every time, because here you are reading this.

I wholeheartedly believe you can make a change or withstand any change in your life. It sounds corny and sappy and all that mushy stuff, but I will stand by my opinion that change is the only way to move forward. We can’t become better people or a better version of ourselves without enduring change. We may look back at some of our decisions and cringe, but in the end those bad decisions led us to where we are right now and where we will be in the future.

Our decisions are a catalyst for change. Change is a train station, but only you decide which train to board. However you don’t get to decide when the train leaves. Staying on the same train is safe because you recognize your surroundings, but aren’t you curious about where the other trains will take you? Choose your train wisely and enjoy the ride.