Changes and challenges

New challenges present themselves semi regularly throughout our life.

These new challenges may come in the form of a new job, a new school, a new routine or anything else similar.

Some of them are easy to adjust to, like a new car for instance. Yes, it's slightly different. Perhaps the steering is more sensitive or it takes longer to start in the morning but the fact remains that it is only a small change and therefore easy to become accustomed to.

It's the more significant changes that take longer to become comfortable with.  Moving house, for example, is a huge event in someone's life, and takes rather a long time before you can feel at ease in a new home. The same goes for new jobs, new towns, even, in some circumstances, moving to a whole new country!

These changes or rather these challenges are, to put it bluntly, necessary in order to grow as a person.

Adjustments such as these can play an incredibly important role in life and are a key component in shaping what type of a person you become. Chances are, a person who doesn't try to control what they do and is happy for others to arrange their life for them may not be as happy, and not nearly as independent, as someone who takes their fate into their own hands.

By that I mean someone who stretches themself to their very limits and never stops trying to direct the path that their life is taking.

Independence is a very important personality trait and so is confidence. I think it is very important to try and build confidence from a young age because it can be much harder to obtain at a later date. A confident and outgoing person might find it easier than someone who feels uncomfortable in a group situation. Some people are naturally shy and that's fine. But I believe that it is the responsibility of others to try even harder to embrace them, so that hopefully they can feel included and uplifted because of it.

At the end of the day, the most important thing to do is to put your best foot forward and meet these challenges and changes as best you can. Because in all honesty, when it comes down to it, what matters is how hard you try and how much you believe in yourself. This gives you the best result!

Annie Phemister shares her views on challenges in this week's Young Viewpoint column.

Annie Phemister shares her views on challenges in this week's Young Viewpoint column.


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