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BY SARAH LEWIS, Editor in Chief

It’s the beginning of yet another semester, and I already feel like screaming “Is this real life?” New beginnings always involve some type of adjustment. Times are changing, and so are my responsibilities and relationships.

I have to deal with new classes, professors, and people. I just got used to my winter schedule like three days ago, so WHAT am I supposed to do now? Clearly, I’ve been known to be the kind of person who absolutely abhors change. But I do know that to make any progress at all, sometimes you have to let go of the past.

Let me humor you by telling you a little story…this summer, I lost my favorite hair brush I’d had since middle school. THAT BRUSH GOT MY HAIR THROUGH SOME VERY AWKWARD STYLES, OKAY. It took many trips to beauty stores and pharmacies for me to finally find a replacement. Of course, I still brushed my hair during those long three months, but it took me forever to find one that was just right. You can either agree with me or call me crazy, but change is hard to accept.

Sometimes you have to consent to change whether you want to or not. Now, I’m talking about something more serious than a hair brush. Have you ever known that something was bad for you, but you just couldn’t even think of leaving it behind? Well, I’ve been there MULTIPLE times. If you have negative people in your life, you should just let them go despite the change that it brings. Uncomfortable relationships and situations obviously lead to bad memories. Even though it can be hard, sometimes letting go of someone and moving on is for the best. You might feel like it’s the end of the world, or think that you’ll never ever find happiness again, but I promise you will.

Remember that part in Titanic when Rose is lying on the big door, and Jack is just dangling away in the sub-zero water? Seriously Rose, you could’ve moved over and made room for Jack if you really loved him, but I digress. Do you recall Rose’s last words to Jack before she shoved his icicle body into the North Atlantic? “I’ll never let go, Jack. I promise.” Let’s take some time to evaluate everything that is wrong with this. First of all, why did you wait until he was a human popsicle to tell him you’d never let go? Hmmm, Rose? Secondly, you promised you’d never let him go, and yet you marry someone else, have children, and never mention Jack until you’re over 100 years old. ROSE. And lastly, when you died, you met up with Jack in some weird Titanic Heaven. WHAT. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, but apparently Rose can do whatever she wants. Moral of the story is Rose tells Jack she will never let him go, but clearly she does. Considering that Jack was a good thing, it makes sense that he came back to her.

If you’re scared of changing or letting go of something, take a little lesson from Titanic. If you let go maybe it will come back to you if it’s meant to be. If it doesn’t come back, something better will come along.

So what I guess I’m trying to say is, initially I have an absolute animosity toward change, but in the long run, life has a way of working itself out. Hey, if I didn’t except change every once in awhile I wouldn’t be Editor in Chief of The Michigan Journal…and I wouldn’t have fabulously styled hair thanks to my new hair brush.