CAROLINE SAYS: Attempting Change
I’m usually a fan of new things. The Disney live action films make me want to jump into a grave and roll in it just like Walt Disney is doing right now. Sometimes the people at Charlie’s will change the recipe for one of the sauces at the stir-fry station. Like, what? I don’t want this. Give me what I’m used to. The Office of Student Activities recently rearranged the furniture and I’m still just sort of standing in the middle of the room trying to comprehend why it was necessary.
So, yeah, change isn’t really my thing.
But, change is something that I have to deal with on a regular basis. We just started a new school year and I’m still looking at all of my professors as if to say, “Excuse me, it’s still summer break. Stop trying to make me do things.” And soon this school year will end, and I’ll be catapulted into the “real world” (I love how it’s called the “real world” cause, like, where am I now? Some imaginary college land?), and I know that I’ll be kicking and screaming my entire way out.
Not to mention that Assumption itself has changed a lot since we all left in May. Charlie’s has gotten a makeover, and it’s a lot like when someone gets plastic surgery and they ask you if it looks natural, and you say yes just to be nice, but in reality they look like they just shoved their face into a pile of clay.
Also, there’s a lack of printers everywhere. I just want to print out my homework in the Honors Lounge that was in Kennedy, which I was never a part of. Or walk down to the basement of Hagan just to be disappointed by the fact that the printer just straight up isn’t working. Where did my options go, Assumption?
Oh, also, I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but there’s a huge building right across from the library. It’s kind of tall and has a lot of dirt around it; but it’s really pretty, so I guess it can stay for now.
I’ve rambled a recent amount about why I don’t like new things. And I need to ask:
Why? Why are new things so intimidating and weird?
In the Academy Award-winning film Ratatouille, the character of food critic Anton Ego gives a monologue that is one of, or basically is, my favorite monologue in any movie ever. I watch it constantly. My favorite section from it is:
“There are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.”
As much as I hate change and enjoy neglecting what results that occur because of it, new things are necessary. “The new” is what keeps us going and what makes the world better. It makes sense to be hesitant because “the new” is also pretty scary. But without it, we would all be bored little humans watching the world go by.
This semester, I encourage you to try something new. Watch a movie that you wouldn’t normally choose to see, wear a color you wouldn’t normally go for. New is the worst and also our friend. Just take a breath and give it a chance.