My primary school science teacher once told me, “Change is the only thing permanent.” And I have never been able to get it out of my head. At first, I thought “What nonsense, how can change be permanent? Besides, there are a lot of things in the mighty universe that stay forever!” But growing up I couldn’t help but realize how correct this sentence is. Now I’m 16 years old, the universe doesn’t seem as mighty as it did before and nothing seems certain. Change indeed is the only thing permanent. Nature will take its path, and there is nothing we can do to prevent it, the best we can do is adapt. Even the sun that shines so bright today could burn out one day, and another star would take its place. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution is based on change. Imagine some red bugs living on green grass, the red colour of the bugs does not bother them…Until one day some birds migrate to that place, the red colour of the bugs makes it easier for the birds to hunt them. Slowly more and more of the bugs are becoming preys to the birds, their numbers dwindle out and the bugs are close to extinction. But nature doesn’t let that happen, the bugs reproduce and the coming generations have colours closer to the green colour of the grass to aid in camouflage. When the bugs were about to be swiped out from the face of the earth, they saved themselves, they adapted, they evolved, they changed. Sometimes when we are stuck in a crisis and there is no way out, we need to learn from those bugs, we too need to adapt. Change can be good too. Changing my bedsheet colour or doing my hair in a different way than every day brings me immense joy, I like little changes, it’s very refreshing. At the same time, I’d be very pissed if I would have to make even the tiniest change in my schedule. So yeah, I have mixed feelings about change. It’s like a part of me wants uniformity and order and at the same time, another part gets bored very easily and wants to be spontaneous, unpredictable, and take risks. A part of me hates change and another part craves for it. Makes sense? If ice can burn, then I don’t see why we can’t hate and love something at the same time. But one thing I know now, that Change is INEVITABLE. So go with the flow.

-Vimmi Bhuva X


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