By: Sydney W., Grand Worthy Advisor
While this may come as no surprise to anyone reading this article, my all-time favorite place in the whole entire world is Disneyland. From the thrills of the many rides, to the delicious food and drinks, and even the very atmosphere of Disneyland itself has had me hooked for most of my life. As I have grown up, Disneyland has “grown up” alongside me. When I was first going to Disneyland, Bug’s Land was still around, the Snow White ride was still scary, and even the Hollywood Tower Hotel was still looming overhead in California Adventure. Since then, Disney has made new advancements and changes to make the park what we know and love today. Change has been vital for Disneyland to remain relevant over the years, which is an idea that can be applied to our own lives.
Making change and facing the unknown is one of the most common fears that people face. To most, change is a difficult thing because it means that outcomes are usually unknown. Our brains are designed to find peace in knowing. When we don’t know what will happen, we make up scenarios and, in turn, create worry. The fear of failure also comes into play to create a fear of change. If we don’t know how something will turn out, we may rather not try because the outcome could be bad. Trying something new becomes a risk. The one thing we know about change is it’s going to happen, but we don’t know how we’re going to feel going through it or when we will come out the other side. And that’s why it can feel scary. Change means stepping into the unknown, outside of our comfort zone, where things are easy and safe. Why would we want to leave this happy place? Because things might get even better.
Whether you recognize it or not, change is always happening and it is important to remember that change is a very important part of life. One reason is because change makes life exciting. Change means you have variety in life, you experience new things, meet new people. If you think about it, life would be pretty predictable and dull if nothing ever changed. In addition, every change you experience gives you the opportunity to learn and grow, even if it is as simple as just learning about an amazing new coffee shop. You learn new things about yourself, others or the world, which can impact how you live your life. Another important aspect of change are the new opportunities that can be brought into our lives. It may seem daunting moving into a new place but your new roommate may introduce you to someone who ends up changing your life. Another important thing about change is that it allows us to realize our strength. There is no denying some changes can be tough but getting through these can show us our strength. Have you ever been through a difficult change? If so, then I’m sure you remember the strength it took to get through it and remember if you can get through that, then you can get through the new thing life throws at you. Finally, change gives you a chance to re-evaluate your life. Have you ever made a change and then realized what you were doing before wasn’t as great as you thought it was? That can happen many times throughout life and making changes gives you the opportunity to make sure you’re doing what you actually want to be doing. One of my favorite quotes by Walt Disney himself states that, “Disneyland will never be complete. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” Did you know that when Disneyland first opened, they only had 33 rides? And California Adventure was just a parking lot. If Disneyland hadn’t continued to grow and change over the years, its relevance would have faded, and the Disneyland that we know would never have come into fruition. We wouldn’t be able to travel around the world on Soarin’, enjoy the thrills of Space Mountain, or even watch the magical nighttime spectaculars like Fantasmic or World of Color. Change can be scary but it’s worth embracing because it can bring some amazing things into your life.