Written by: RD
Making a big change in a person’s life can be daunting and scary at times but is necessary to develop and grow to gain a fresh perspective in life. From my own experience, change is never easy in the beginning but keeping with it and never shying away from the bumps that will come along the way will prove to lead to greater things. Sometimes change can be negative and out of my control but it gives me a reason to fight back and prove to myself that I can overcome any obstacle that comes my way. There have been multiple significant events in my life that have been caused by change but the one that had the most impact on me was deciding to go to public school instead of continuing with home school.
For as long as I can remember I was home schooled and in the beginning I loved it, not having to leave the comfort of my own home and not being broken by the cruel reality of elementary school. Fast forward to grade eight and nine where it felt like my world came crashing down, my mom had acquired an injury in her back and was unable to help me with my school so I was left on my own to do my work without any guidance. My Dad tried to help me as best as he could but it was limited because he was working a job under stressful conditions. Due to the circumstances of my dad’s job he decided to look for a new job which meant that we had to move to a new city with unfamiliar people. We moved to Nanaimo in December and lived in a small condo in which I had to continue my grade nine year. By this point in the year, I had lost all motivation. I was waking up in the early am every day, then dragging my self to my desk at ten, where I would lack the ability concentrate and get distracted by social media. After staring at a screen all day I would have a massive head ache and then go lie down in a attempt to get rid of it. I was incredibly unhappy knowing that I wasn’t living up to my full potential.
After I barely finished grade 9 in time, there was no way that I was going to live through a repeat of that year. So when we moved to Port Alberni in the summer of 2016 to be closer to my dad’s job, I saw this as an opportunity to make a drastic change in my life and find the happiness that I was so desperate to have. However, there were people around me who didn’t think that it was a good idea and doubted if I was able to handle the pressures of public school. Nevertheless, I stuck to what I thought would be best for me and that proved to be the to best decision I ever made. I wanted to prove to myself that I could live up to my full potential and escape the state of unhappiness that I was living in. Honestly, I was terrified and didn’t know what to expect but what I held on to was the fact that no matter what happened, it would be better than the situation that I had experienced before. Within a few weeks I had made new friends and found that I was excelling in my element. I was finally experiencing the happiness that I so desperately wanted all thanks to making a difficult but rewarding change.