Is Change Always Better?
Teen Reporter Maia W. talks about seeing a difference in your peers and in yourself
MCML Teen Reporter
By Maia W., Teen Reporter, Sarah Heinz House BGC
Have you ever found a song you really liked and kept listening to the artist’s work? Let’s say the artist is underground. You really like their effort and the story they are telling on their mixtape or album. You hope they get out there because you think they deserve more exposure. Finally, you hear one of their songs on mainstream radio. Next thing you know, they have a new album and they’re on tour.
This is great, but then you start to see a change. The musician you like finally gets the exposure they deserve, but the great stories in their music aren’t there anymore. What happened? Personally, I believe that the music industry, fame and money can get the best of someone (placing their original goals in disarray), causing their music (their message and voice) to change.
Of course, artists are not the only ones who may change. Teens have a huge tendency to change. High school seems to be the time when you’ll see a huge difference in your peers and maybe even yourself. Have you ever had a best friend who suddenly changed at some point during high school? Maybe it was a negative change because they gave into peer pressure and wanted to fit in. Maybe it was a positive change, as they became more outspoken and not afraid to be who they really are.
During high school, teenagers are trying to find themselves and may go through some negative and positive changes to find out who they truly are. I personally have changed. I used to be very shy. I lacked confidence and I didn’t speak up, which caused me to miss opportunities. Now, I’m more mature, outspoken and I’m not afraid to be myself. I’m more confident now, so I think I changed for the better!
I’ve also seen people change around me. Some of my old friends aren’t my friends anymore, because they, too, have changed. Moral of the story is, sometime change can be a bad thing, but it can also be for the best.