Persevering Through Change

By: Casey Dimech

The Power of Change

On average, a person turns down more opportunities in their lifetime, than they take. Why is this? A big reason for missed opportunities is because the world is scared of change in their lives ending badly. People only trap themselves in the thought of bad change, and as a result, don't take up many opportunities. If people learned better how to deal with change, more people wouldn't be as scared to take up opportunities.

Getting over change may seem like a thought that would never happen, though it can for some people. People think that one decision of change will make them wrong, and and that they will never have any resilience against negative change. Something that people need to realize is that their is no wrong answer with decisions. As long as you end happy with your choice, you chose the right answer. However, if you chose to stay safe and not choose to change, you may end up going your whole life wondering what could have happened if you took that risk. It could be pretty disappointing if you knew you should've chosen a different option. Especially if you know that decision will never come again. If you find yourself in this situation of unhappiness, that's how you know you chose wrong.

Another thing people don't realize about change, is that you don't have to depend on only yourself to make a decision, even if its unimportant. Some decisions are so important, that you may want to ask for help or guidance through an issue. Many don't do this or think to, because they think that you have to decide on your own, and looking for help is a bad thing. Asking for help isn't a bad thing necessarily, because you will always have a friend or family member in your life to help you solve problems. You also can help yourself with your fear, by thinking of all possible solutions, rather than only the bad ones. This can get you more excited and more motivated towards a change, knowing something great can happen. Almost all situations have a possible positive outcome.

Most people also don't change something, because they look for quantity of something, rather than the quality. For example, someone may keep their job, even one they don't enjoy, because they have held it for 24 years, and they want 25. If you are dissatisfied with something like your job, a new one may be preferred. Someone with a lifetime job they hate, may have an opportunity waiting for them that they would even enjoy more. However, since their job is something they have had for a lifetime, they don't want something new. Sometimes, quantity of something is cool, but having something with quality can be even better. People need to learn how to chose the option that is a best fit for themselves.

All in all, change doesn't have to be as scary as people make it. In the end, it's really your perspective towards change, that gives the shape of impression you know it as. Sometimes, something old can get boring, and change is always an option. So, when your stuck with a life changing decision, just remember that your not alone, and nothing has to be fatal.

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Charles' change

Could you imagine creating 17,897 cartoons for 2600 newspapers in 75 countries?! Sounds pretty exciting doesn't it? This unbelievable statistic was a reality for famous Charlie Brown creator Charles Schulz.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 26, 1922, immediately Charles was nicknamed "Sparky," by his uncle, after a cartoon character. Their wasn't a big reason for this nickname, but it ended up coincidence for the outcome of his life. For Charles growing up, he wasn't very good at school. In fact, in the eighth grade, Charles flunked all of his classes. In his free time as a kid, the only thing he wanted to do was draw, and his interest in drawing never changed.

At twenty-two years old, Charles mother died of colon cancer. This hit Charles hard because he really leaned on his parents for support throughout his life. Only three days after his mothers death, he was drafted into World War two, and was still mourning the loss of his mother, while persevering through this huge change in his life. He knew without his mother, that their would be a forever hole in his life. He felt like a stranger to the world without one of his parents. In order to get himself to overcome this huge change during war, he started drawing comics, similar to comics he and his dad would read when he was a child. Shortly after returning from World War two, he started to sell his work.

Charles had sold 15 cartoons to Saturday Post, and in 1950, sent his best work to the United Feature Syndicate in NYC. After a whole six weeks later, he received a call back for him to move to New York to make comics. Charles continued making comics all through his life and refused to ever miss a day of working, even when he had open heart surgery in 1981. The first time he took off was in 1997, and he took five weeks off for his seventy-fifth birthday.

All in all, Charles' life in comics was successful and what he planned to do throughout his entire life. He ended up dying of colon cancer, the same cancer his mother died of. He died in his sleep February 12, 2000, just three months after his retirement. During the tough changes without his mother in his life, he was able to overcome them by bringing memories of when she was here to himself. In conclusion, Charles deciding to deal with his change rather than run away from it allowed him to end his life in a success he had dreamed of as a child.

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Changing in society

You look to turn on your brand new 72" flat screen TV, all comfortably on the couch, only to realize the remote is out of your reach. So what do you do? Do you decide then that you need an app on your phone at that very moment so that you don't have to get up? Or do you decide to not be so lazy and go get it yourself? People being so lazy and greedy about something they are so fortunate to have wouldn't be a thing awhile ago.

A lot of people have this change because of new technology made in place of having to do things. Like how you can use a phone in place of a remote. All this new technology makes doing everything so easy, but it makes our world so much lazier. People will never know how to do anything themselves, and as a result, will only become more and more lazier. People don't help this change because being so lazy makes everything so easy and lets you enjoy more things while getting boring things done. No one bothers to change themselves getting so lazy, because people think its more convenient.

All of these things that people think make life so much easier, are really what takes away from experiences. People would rather play video games or be on their phone than go outside. The screen always changes, but so does outside, and its so much more beautiful. All in all, I think that if people were to just step away and take a break from the unimportant change, it would make it much more easier for people to realize what they take for granted.

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Dealing through unwanted change

Having perseverance through change doesn't always mean taking action to change something and not giving up even if it doesn't go your way. It can also be just as great when change is thrown at you, at you don't have the choice of whether or not you planned on it. Something big like your country being in war, may force you to help out. Those kinds of things are what you don't chose. But how often does that happen to people?

Orphan train rider Lee Nailling has had this kind of change shape his entire life. When he was just nine years old, his dad sent him to an orphanage because his mom died and his dad didn't have money to care for him and his brothers. Differently, Nelson Mandela, a black rights activist, chose to take in a challenge. He really wanted black people to have the same rights white people have. The way he decided to persevere was chosen and differed.

However, both these people had their decision, or situation, of perseverance change their lives. Lee ended up with a new family through the orphanage, and Nelson helped to change other black peoples lives. He had gone to prison multiple times throughout for standing up for racial issues.

However, the way both of them changed was different. Lee was forced to change his own identity, and who he lived to call his parents. Nelson, on the other hand, chose to risk his usual life, so that someday, his and other black people could have their lives become equal. Both people changed for other people, to give someone a son, or for equal rights. All in all, both these people having to change left them with rights and people they never knew existed in the real world.

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Learning through bad change

When risking change, what do you do if it doesn't turn your way? People can guarantee their being a positive outcome most of the time, but what about the rest? Change isn't assured that it will always work your way, so what are you supposed to do when it doesn't? Bad change can leave you in a place either where you chose to look positive, or put about the past. Its how you continue after it doesn't go your way that counts.

When something changes negatively for you, you may be forced to believe that its the end of everything you hoped for, and that the world is going to end. Maybe your job didn't work out, or your movement, such as with houses, isn't taking the toll you hoped it did. Maybe this change leaves you in a worse place then before, even when it was supposed to be the exact opposite. For example, if you accept a risky job offer all the way across the country, and end up fired after the first week, you may think you have nothing left, and that you are going to have to start all over. Or, you could think about the new experiences you can have now that you are in a brand new place.

All in all, change can be fixed, and it doesn't have to be your forever plan. If you persevere through the bad times in change, the good parts are certain to come through. In conclusion, change doesn't ruin everything, and everything happens for a reason.