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Looking to the future, remembering the past

Posted: January 15, 2018 4:04 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Hanna Griggs

As I am about to start the second semester of my senior year, I have come to the realization that time is truly flying. So many changes seemed to take place right under my nose. I pass the new elementary schools being built and I am excited for the young students that will experience the modern schools. However, I feel a disconnect, as a piece of my childhood is being permanently altered. I imagine what it will be like in 10 years when no one can really remember what the old school was like. This is also true when I visit Lugoff Elementary with Literacy Express, a program that allows me to read to elementary school children. I always get my hopes up about seeing the teachers that made my childhood so wonderful, but I am saddened to find out many have left or retired. The new faces are an unavoidable change, a positive for the new teachers starting a career and positive for those whose career has come to a close. I am always welcomed at the school, but there is a loss of familiarity.

The previous paragraph was not written in vain, but I am learning to enjoy the present. While I am thankful for the past, I am finding current changes to be quite enjoyable. The new Starbucks in Camden is one of my favorite spots to catch up with friends or work on homework. It is even as simple as Fitness Zone becoming a 24-hour workout gym, so I can squeeze in a workout after a busy day. If it is an extra special day, I am able to convince my friends to taste test the new MOD Pizza or Smoothie King in Sandhills.

There will a lot of lasts coming up for me, followed by even more firsts. While change is inevitable, it is not always unwelcome. This thought makes me focus less on where I have been and more on where I will be. I am coming to realize that progress and change means something gets left behind. The start of a new year is a time to focus on the changes we want to make -- always assuming these changes will be for the positive.

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