Albert Einstein once said, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.” Stephen Chbosky, author of Perks of Being a Wallflower, stated, “Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” And President Barack Obama, in his 2008 campaign speech in Springfield, Ill., said, “We are the change we seek.” The message here is clear: change is universal and admissible. Why then, is it so hard for people to accept change?
From a 7-year-old struggling to adjust to a bike without training wheels to a newly-wed couple adapting to an unfamiliar household, everyone will encounter various changes in life. However, that 7-year-old will eventually overcome the initial fear of riding a bike with two wheels, and the newlyweds will adjust to their new place of residency.
I drive home after school via Oak Valley Drive, and to my left, where there was once a field of grass and trees, are the new apartment building complexes called “Centerra Pointe.” Out by Meijer on Ann-Arbor Saline Road are several large construction bulldozers tearing up the earth and structuring edifice frames for a new chain of restaurants and stores. I’ve also heard talk about new hotels being built downtown on Huron and Ashley street.
While it’s difficult for me to witness and hear about changes being made to the beloved city I have called home for almost 17 years, I can come to terms that such developments are only expected as part of the evolution of society and human civilization. Just as how the surrounding environment and habitat changes, we as people will naturally change and evolve as well. So we might as well learn to accept – even embrace – it.