What I Learned From Moving My Junior Year
Connelly Grant, Managing Editor
Until the beginning of August, I had lived in the same small town for 13 years of my life. Macon, GA is a small, southern town inserted into the very center of the state of Georgia.
There’s nothing much to this antebellum town except for a few historical sites, and the memories it holds. Most kids who live in Macon have lived there for their entire lives; for many, their entire families are there. There is a common joke among high schoolers that there is no “escaping” Macon, and those who do are deemed “lucky.” I started at my old school when I was going into 4K, and attended all the way through my sophomore year of high school.
However, only about 2 weeks before my school was scheduled to start up, I received the news that my family would be moving three and a half hours away to Chattanooga. My dad had gotten a promotion in Chattanooga, and the offer was too good to let pass up. I was heartbroken; I didn’t want to leave my friends and have to start all over again in a new state. Nevertheless, my family made the move. Moving so late in my high school career was, and continues to be, a crazy experience, but the journey has taught me many valuable life lessons;
1: Always Make the Best of your Situation
As a person that is prone to pessimism, I have a really hard time always making the best of my current situation. One thing that moving taught me was that a lot of things are out of your control, and you just have to take everything in stride. Life doesn’t always give you everything you want, and when you fall upon hard times, the best thing to do is try to find a positive side and focus on it. Dwindling on what you can’t control won’t do you any good.
2: Stop Being so Hard on Yourself
You are your own worst critic. Overanalyzing situations, or what people think of you, is not beneficial in any way. You’re allowed to grow, and stepping outside your comfort zone is a vital part of that growth. Allow yourself to mess up and start again without beating yourself up for it.
3: You Can Do a Lot More than You Think
As dramatic as it sounds, I did not think I was going to be able to survive moving. I was so nervous about everything, from finding my way around town to meeting new people. One of the biggest lessons I learned is that you are capable of a lot more than you think. After 4 months of living in Chattanooga, I can get myself pretty much anywhere, and have found amazing and supportive friends. It may sound like something out of a Disney Channel Movie, but trusting and believing in yourself really is the best way to go about life.
4: God’s Got It
I struggled a lot with why God decided to move my family at a point in my life where I felt I should be closing a chapter. To be completely honest, I still haven’t found a certain reason, but I do know now, more than ever before, God can get us through anything. I prayed so much about my move; probably more than I’ve ever prayed about anything in my life. God really proved His goodness to me during this season of my life, and showed that He is there for me, no matter what.