Cop­ing with change

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Septem­ber was a month of change, and I usu­ally don’t han­dle change well.

First I get anx­ious, then frus­trated.

“Why can’t things just stay the same?” I re­peat over and over.

After frus­tra­tion comes the ev­erso-popular an­noy­ance.

“Things are chang­ing all the time,” I use this as an ex­cuse to over­com­pen­sate for the frus­tra­tion.

But this time around, change hasn’t been a dif­fi­cult tran­si­tion. In fact, I’ve dealt very well.

What are the changes, you may ask? Since you’re so cu­ri­ous, I’ll give you the run down.

First, I was shop­ping at a lo­cal store with my sis­ter and neph­ews when some­one stole my cell phone. 24 hours with­out a phone is a very dif­fi­cult task. I bought a new one the fol­low­ing evening, but the fact that I was robbed re­ally up­set me.

After my phone fi­asco, I went on va­ca­tion to Toronto. I learned our

ed­i­tor was mov­ing on to another job while I was there, and that he would be gone be­fore I re­turned. He was my men­tor and the man who took a chance on me. Worry set in. After that, as a new mem­ber of the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Fall Fair com­mit­tee, we were at a race to the fin­ish in or­der to en­sure ev­ery­thing was ready to go. It was a brand new group, and a whole bunch of new ac­tiv­i­ties were planned.

As the month came to a close, there was no anx­i­ety, no frus­tra­tion and no an­noy­ance. But why?

Be­ing in this po­si­tion here at The Com­pass has al­lowed me to adapt to change much bet­ter than I used to. Hav­ing a dif­fer­ent type of story each day re­ally helps to ease into some big­ger changes that may be com­ing.

And if the anx­i­ety, frus­tra­tion or an­noy­ance re­turns, I’ll re­mem­ber how suc­cess­fully I’ve made my way through this Septem­ber.

Oc­to­ber may also hav e li fe changes in store, but I’ll just take them as they come.

Melissa Jenk­ins is a re­porter/pho­tog­ra­pher with The Com­pass news­pa­per. She can be reached at


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