“The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish,… Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.” -The Catcher in the Rye
CHANGE. Change is something that many people fear, but do we really know why we fear it? It’s not like we can do something about it… if something is going to change then it’s going to change whether we like it or not. So then why do we fear change? I believe that it’s not change itself that we fear but how people/things will change. It can be scary because we might be happy with the way things are and we don’t necessarily want anything to change. If things change then it will be different from how it was and that’s what people don’t want… for things to be different from how they were. Whether it’s how a person changes throughout the years that you have known them or how that person’s life has changed, it can end up tearing them away from you.
I, myself, fear change. I’m very pleased and blessed with the life that I have and I don’t want anything to change that. I love my family and friends that are in my life, so why would I want that to change? I think that one thing people my age fear the most is college. Some high school students will go off to college and for them that’s a big change. Going from living with your family and near your closest friends to living in a different area or state is a major change. Some high school students end up living at home and going to college. I think that one of the reasons why students do that is because they are scared of the major change that would come with leaving their home and going off to college in another area. The thought of losing contact with your closest friends because you are no longer going to the same school is terrifying and this thought is something that soon everyone will have to face. The fear of change can also be related to marriages. There are less and less people now a days that get married. I believe that this is because people are afraid that their interest in their significant other will fade away and that the love that they once felt for each other will be gone.
The boy in the book, The Catcher in the Rye, is just like you and me… he fears change. In the quote above he talks about how the best thing in the Natural History Museum is that every time he comes back, everything is still the same as it was the last time he came. Everything is always the same and nothing changes. He likes the consistency of the museum. When people know that something will never change it gives them a sense of relief knowing that the thing they love will always be that way. Overall change is scary and unknown, but there is nothing that anyone can do about it, so instead of avoiding change, why not embrace it? Afterall, not all change is bad.