Changes and Finding Normal
Change happens to everyone. Whether it is good or bad, we have to adjust, and what matters most is how we adjust to that change. Fighting the change or pretending it did not happen usually creates more drama and conflict, but sometimes we just cannot help ourselves. Adjusting to change and finding a "new normal" is more productive and just feels better. On the "finding normal" pages, you can reading stories written by teens who experienced change.
Finding My Niche
On my first day of high school, I found myself torn from my childhood in the Ohio suburbs and in the middle of a huge school right in sunny California. I was in a sea of people, and all I could think as I stood in the lines for registration was how lost I felt.
As I looked around, I wondered who could be my friend. Everyone looked so different from me; some wore skinny jeans and converse, things people from my Midwestern middle school never sported.
I found myself thinking a great deal about what to say, and how to act. Finally, after meeting some people at sports practices and classes, I relaxed and found myself acting without unnecessary thought and stress. I soon formed close friends and felt like I finally had a place in my new home.
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Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson