It’s been a while since I’ve had to stop and take a good look at myself. For the first time ever I’m realizing how fast life is passing me by. The days are picking up, and I’m counting down by the months rather than the hours like I once did. Life changes so suddenly. One day you’re waking up living one life, and in the blink of an eye you’re waking up in a new one.

    It’s been a while since I’ve had to stop and take a good look at myself. For the first time ever I’m realizing how fast life is passing me by. The days are picking up, and I’m counting down by the months rather than the hours like I once did. Life changes so suddenly. One day you’re waking up living one life, and in the blink of an eye you’re waking up in a new one.

    You never expect your life to change, slowly or out of no where, and when it does you really learn the type of person you are. When you’re forced to accept life as it is, it changes you. As the dust is beginning to settle in my life I’m realizing who I truly am (and am not). I’m realizing where I am right this second, and where I want to be – very soon. The life I’ve recently become familiar with turns out to be the kind of life I do not want to live after all. You only learn through living, right?

    When you stay in a familiar place in your life, it’s easy to lose yourself in the routine. The little things slip away because you’ve focused on them before; you’ve seen the details so you begin to focus on the silly, unimportant parts. You lose grip of what truly matters. Don’t feel bad if you have done this. We all lose sight from time to time. When that safe place is shaken up, you’re given the chance to change.

    If it wasn’t for this chance, I would not have been forced to sit and think about who I am, me, Hannah, and who I truly, without a doubt want to be in this only life I’ve been given. I’ve had the opportunity to make some mistakes and learn from them. I’ve had the opportunity to make some great memories and hold onto them.

    Change can be a good thing. If you’re going through some change, be it small or large, don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t be so afraid. Things will settle and you’ll see with clear eyes soon enough. You, too, will be able to reflect on yourself. If you do, please do so honestly. Change for yourself, not for anyone else. Once you feel happy inside, the same will flow out of you like sunbeams.

    The truth is that it will all make sense soon enough – you just have to have a little faith. Take the chance. Make the change.
    
    Hannah Rice is a senior at the University of MN, Crookston studying English, Humanities, and Communications. She grew up in Crookston where she plans on living after graduation and will pursue a career in English education.