As I get closer and closer to graduating high school and entering college, I realize that changes will happen in my life very soon. And to be perfectly honest, the idea of change in my life and the idea of losing stability is terrifying for me. Yet change can be seen as the very thing that drives life forward. Although we are accustomed to the idea of homeostasis, change happens all the time, on a molecular level, an ecological level, and in my own life. Let’s take a deep look into how change drives science and beyond.
Alright to get business out of the way, I haven’t touched this blog in 16 months. That means for roughly 540 days, I was sitting behind this very computer screen on this site, a very different person in my beliefs, experiences, and body.
How am I different? Overtime the way we think is able to change, through people we meet or things we experience. After all, this is how we learn new lessons in life. But physically, many of my cells have been replaced. You’ve probably heard the phrase our bodies completely replace all it’s own cells every 7 years. This is true, since cells are constantly dying in our bodies only to be replaced with new cells via mitosis and meiosis. During adolescence to adulthood, our frontal cortex in our brain experience the most growth and change. This is why our system of decision making changes the easiest when we transition from being a teenager to a young adult. Although the cells have the same function, they are still different cells. So in a sense we physically are different people as we grow older and older.
With this in mind, I can’t help but think about a volcano, and how it breaks status quo. For example when Mt St. Helens erupted, it seemingly disrupted all peace and life around it, as if a happiness and stability was suddenly changed by a single, unexpected event. My new English teacher, Mr Barro, emphasized in class how one event can cause unexpected change in our lives for better or worse. It seems as though change is universal in our world, and appears both in our own lives, and in the world of science. However change can bring about good too. After all, life after the Mt. St. Helens eruption was able to reestablish itself after many years, despite a seemingly awful event of nature. Maybe we can take this into account and try to make the best of situations.