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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

Change’s conflictions: the positives and the negatives

Me at a constantly changing sunset

The population is constantly changing.

Every eight seconds someone is born, every eleven seconds, someone dies. From the time those people are born until the time they die, billions of things will change for them. Some could be subtle changes, like a difference in heart rate, while others could be more monumental, like the destruction of a home. Things are invariably changing and we cannot always obviate them. Nonetheless, the consequences have to be dealt with. 

Change has never been something I’m fond of. It always brings uncertainty to my already frenetic life. However, there are changes that have been beneficial and brought joy to my life. 

There have been positive changes like meeting my best friend and getting my dog. 

My best friend came into my life gradually, but it is possibly the best change of them all. She is the one person I can tell anything to and the person I can take a mental break with—I don’t have to worry about her thinking poorly of me. I have so much fun with her and she’s practically my sister. My dog can also compete for the title of my best friend, even though she is nothing more than a mutt. She is my therapy animal. She has seen me go through everything and is always there for me to cry with, even though she most likely hates it. 

Then, there are the negative changes, like family growing apart and friends moving away. 

When I was younger, I used to panic about my family distancing once my cousins left for college. Now, it has become a reality and the people I used to think of as idols and best friends are now people who I barely know and feel displaced with. Similarly, a friend who used to be a sister is now a stranger going to a different school, in a different house, with a new life. 

Sometimes, I’ve noticed the large and consequential changes are less distressing than the subtle and minuscule ones. Those are what hurt the most. For example, the innocent act of changing plans leaves me with a heartache. I am not sure why the little things bother me more, but they always have. 

I just want everything to stay the same forever. 

Same wall colors, same people, same activities, same locations, same schedules, same scenes, same scents, same habits, same clothes, same shoes, same furniture, everything the same. 

Then, reality sets in, and I am faced with the fact that things can’t just stay the same. 

Change is inevitable. 

There is so much of life left and change can keep things intriguing instead of boring and monotone. We need it to help us learn things through new experiences and situations. There are so many positive things that come from it which are constantly overlooked. People tend to do that a lot: looking only to the dark and passing by the light. Possibly, just possibly, that can be changed and we can all have a new perspective for life and many of the things within it. I know that will be what I try to do: change. 

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About the Contributor
Ellerie Knowles, Staff Writer
Ellerie Knowles is a sophomore entering her second year on The Central Trend. She is on the FHCVDT and dances outside of school as well. In her free time, she likes to read books, go to the beach, and hang out with her dog Mocha. She joined the Writing for Publication class her freshman year and decided to continue with her writing adventure into her next years of high school. She loves traveling, and her favorite place she has traveled to that she remembers is Florida—even though it's basic. One other random fact about her is that she loves sunsets and has made her mom practically stop the car just to take a picture of it.  Favorite Color: Blue (all shades) Favorite food: Grapes One place she wants to travel to: Greece (coast) Favorite scent: Anything tropical or lavender

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    KendallSep 6, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    Such a good perspective, amazing job!