Why You Shouldn't Fear Change

Why You Shouldn't Fear Change

The only constant in life is change, so we may as well embrace it!
Change: (verb) to make or become different.

What do you think of when you think of change? To me, change means that something normal and comfortable to you in your life is going to shift and become new and foreign. Change gives me this feeling of anxiety, because I don’t like the unknown. If you’re like me, you like plans routine, and knowing what’s coming next. However, we all know that life doesn’t always work the way we plan. I have a comfort "bubble," and when things change, that bubble is popped and I start to feel vulnerable.

Recently, my family did the unimaginable and moved across the country in less than a summer. Talk about destroying my comfort bubble. My family went from the Windy City to Sin City in a matter of days, and now they're here to stay.

Though anxious at first, I soon realized how much change has come into my life in a matter of a year. From graduating high school, moving to college, finishing my first year at Loras and now moving across the country, all of these things, though scary at first, have helped me become who I am today.

So here are some reasons why change isn't as bad as some of us may make it up to be.

1. With change comes new views.

This can be in the form of a physical views or mental views. For example, in Illinois, there is no possible way that you could ever see a mountain from your bedroom window, see cacti blanketing the roadsides or having constant, 108-degree summers. However, in Nevada, seeing beautiful mountains, avoiding cacti and living in 108-degree weather is just an ordinary day for the locals.

This can also come in the form of a mental view, like a new opinion. For instance, I was afraid that the heat would literally be the death of me. However after a week, all I can say is that I’ll take the 108-degree dry heat in Nevada over a 90-degree, humid day in Chicago.

2. Change gives you a fresh start.

Whether it be moving to a new place, starting a new job or going to college for the first time, change presents the opportunity for you to start fresh. As Joyce Meyer would say, “Don’t be afraid of change, it is leading you to a new beginning." Let me explain why new beginnings are a great thing!

Once I got over my fear of moving away to Iowa to start my first year of college, I realized that this was my chance to be who I wanted. When I started college, I didn’t know many people on campus. I knew one person from high school and a few people from our class Facebook page, but besides that, everyone else was a complete stranger. I embraced the fact that no one knew who I was, because I realized that no one knew anything about me. I had the chance to become whatever I wanted to be.

I could be the quiet studious girl who never left the library. I could be the outgoing, bubbly girl who everyone knew and about whom no one had anything but good things to say. I could even become the health nut who drinks detox water regularly and Instagrams her gluten-free, low-fat, all-vegan meal after doing hot yoga. No one would have ever known that I wasn’t that girl in high school, because no one had a clue who I was. Fresh starts bring new beginnings and new beginnings have endless possibilities.

3. Change shows you what is constant in life.

This is something that you don’t necessarily think about when the change is happening, because at the time, you feel like your world is being flipped upside down. However, when you look back on it, you’ll see that some things have acted like an anchor and haven't moved or changed, even when everything else is all over the place.

For me, my family has always been my constant. Whether it be going to school, changing jobs or moving, my family has always been there for me, supporting me no matter what. Even from 200 miles from home to school, my parents celebrated with me in my successes, and helped me through any heartache, as well. Just because I wasn’t living at home anymore didn’t mean that my family was no longer there for me.

Family, friends, partners and even pets may serve as your anchor to help remind you that even when life seems unstable and unpredictable, there are some things that will stay the same.

4. Change shows you how strong you are.

When things are constantly changing, you may feel so overwhelmed that you start to doubt yourself. You may say to yourself, “I can’t do this,” or “I feel helpless.” This is a common reaction to big changes, because let’s face it, change really can be scary. You may feel weak or anxious throughout, but once it’s over, you can think back to when you thought your world was crumbling down and say to yourself, “I made it because I was strong enough.” If you’re still breathing today, you’ve been strong enough to get through everything life has ever thrown at you.

Change, though it can be intimidating, can also bring some of the most influential parts of our lives that make us who we are. So I will leave this quote here for you to remember that change can be a beautiful thing.

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat Tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur — which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
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Did Draco Malfoy Ever Get The Clout He Deserved?

Yes, he was literally the worst for a majority of the series. But does this one moment make up for it all?

The new trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series just dropped and I have a LOT of feelings. Mainly:

With the release of this new trailer, the only natural thing to do is to binge watch the "Harry Potter" series. Now, if you don’t know about "Harry Potter" series, I’m going to assume that you were born literally minutes ago. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, let’s chat.

Throughout the series, we see some pretty rotten witches, wizards and muggles. The worst being Bellatrix LeStrange, in my opinion.

*Side note: Voldemort killed meticulously and with his own “reasoning” that supported his actions. Bellatrix killed for sport. No reason was necessary to support her choices. Regardless of who I thought was worse, it doesn’t change the fact that they were both 100% assholes.*

Throughout the movie, and even more so throughout the book, we are able to see slight character arcs for a majority of these lesser-evil villains, such as Petunia Dursley, Narcissa Malloy, Snape, and Draco Malfoy.

After Snape, Draco had one of the biggest character arcs in the series. He saved Harry and, ultimately, through his actions, gave Harry one last chance to defeat Voldemort. How? Well, Pottermore explains it best, but to put it simply, he refused to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione up to Bellatrix and the Snatchers.

This moment is so pivotal and apparent in the books, yet on screen, while it’s still a huge moment, it still gets downplayed. The weight of the moment isn’t truly felt and could be taken as more of a mistake on Malfoy’s part. That moment, if not understood correctly, could change many viewers' opinions about Draco's transformation from elitist, bigot, selfish snob to a (slightly) unknowingly ignorant, scared, defeated teen.

Damnit, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. Even after all these years, somehow I still always seem to find something new.

Now let’s talk about how the new movie will allow the Ministry to apparate onto Hogwarts?!

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