Author: David Jones, Jr, TCU Student, Fall 2014
Life is about changes. Life isn’t defined by remaining stagnant and staying within a comfortable environment; instead, life is better described by taking chances and doing things that aren’t as comfortable in order to grow as an individual. I’ve been told by my parents that in order to grow, I must first be willing to do the things that will challenge me and push me to my limits. It is through my own personal life experiences of success and failure that I have been able to experience the most growth.
I believe that growth is essential to life itself. For instance, in order for a baby to walk, it must grow both physically and cognitively. However, this infant cannot grow on its own. Their parents will provide avenues in order for it to grow. Some of these avenues include providing food and a safe environment for it to explore safely. Once the baby learns, how to crawl and move around on their knees, they build up muscles and neurons that allow them to coordinate movement. In this same instance, people everyday experience growth that helps improve their quality of life.
The last four years, which include high school and college, have changed me spiritually, mentally, and intellectually. Part of my high school and college life has been based on advice and assistance from my parents and friends. They have guided me to make better decisions as a young adult in high school, and these decisions have allowed me to make my own decisions towards the end of my high school career and most of my college undergraduate life. With these life experiences, I have been able to discern right from wrong, forge my own path, and decide what I want to do with my life for years to come. This, however, hasn’t been the result of just positive decisions. I am a believer and witness that you can grow from any experience despite the experiences being positive or negative. It is the negative aspects of life that can really influence one’s growth because you can realize what worked and what did not in order to not make the same mistake again. Even when you make mistake, you appreciate the positive moments even more which molds you into a better person. This growth isn’t a painless process as sometimes life will knock you against the wall. However, the key is to hold your bleeding and bruised head up, take the blows of fate, and continue with the journey called life. Growth is a wonderful thing if you are ready to get better and if you realize that mistakes don’t define your life. Embrace the growth as you will be better because of it.
If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. Whatever happens, don’t stop moving forward. Growth is the evidence that your past isn’t hindering or imprisoning your soul.