Accepting change and moving on

The catalyst for change has been small…almost imperceptible.

At times, I can be a control freak. I need things to happen a certain way and no other. I can go a little crazy when my “agenda” is tampered with. And as I take a look around myself I see that “agenda” changing … a lot.

A long time ago my brother and I used to hang out with our two neighbors every single day. We were all best friends and the four of us were inseparable. Every time we came together more recently it’d be just like old times: the boys always beating us girls at whatever game we played (unless it was “Cops and Robbers” but that was mainly because I’m sure they let us win). These days, I’m seeing more and more that the times have changed a lot since 1999.

The oldest of the group, Michael, is going to be graduating from high school and off to college this year. My best friend Katie is going to Spain. My own brother is now a junior and has a girlfriend. But me? What have I done? How have I changed?

Sure, I’ve started to write screenplays and tape movies and I’m able to work with the Mining Journal through 8-18 Media, which is how I’m able to write this for you. But other than that, I don’t think I’ve really changed at all.

However, It’s like watching the series finales of your favorite show(s), you’re allowed cry if you must, talk about it for a week or two, but you should eventually try to find another show – I hear The Big Bang Theory is a good one!

Some of my friends have moved away and made new friends. It seems I am only able to stick beside the ones who have stayed in Marquette. This year I move on from being a lowly freshman to a lowly sophomore and I hope, if possible, my friends might look at this, hold this paper and read these words, and think fondly as I do of our pasts and as hopefully as I do of our futures.

Sure, times may be “a changin” but we have only two options: we can choose to disregard and ignore many of our moments of change, or we can accept them and move onbut cherish them as well.

Editor’s note: Theresa Hermann, 15, is a freshman at Marquette Senior High School. She is a member of the 8-18 Media Senior Team and she plays trumpet in the high school band. In her spare time she likes to write and make movies. She is a daughter of James and Gail Hermann. 8-18 Media is a youth journalism program of the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. Through the program, teams of kids write news stories and commentaries on issues important to youth and about any good, or bad, things youth are up to. For more information call 906-226-7874, or email at