Sudden Changes Can Prompt Immense Improvements throughout Life
“Perhaps it’s the people whose lives have taken sudden new twists – people who have learned to embrace the creative possibilities of change – who stand the best chance of penetrating life’s mysteries” – Hugh Mackay. Sudden change can’t be avoided no matter how hard we try and once it happens, there can be positive outcomes. In the stories “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley,” “At the Crossroads,” and “Profile: Malala Yousafzai,” each of the main characters undergoes a significant change in his life.
During the play “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley,” the character of Scrooge undergoes a sudden change in his personality. He is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future who show him events in his life in an attempt to warn him of what will happen if he doesn’t change his ways. After the Spirits visit Scrooge he changes his perspective on life and says, “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach…” (My Perspectives, 284). Prior to Scrooge meeting the Spirits, he is a rude miser, but by the end of his journey he is very kind and happy towards those in his family, and around him.
In the article “At the Crossroads,” Nick Kleckner goes through a very long adventure to change his outlook on life. He bought a one-way plane ticket to Florida to walk across the country, to change how he lives his life, and how he feels as a person. After the cross-country journey this was said, “In his blog, Nick chronicled the important changes brought about by his selfless lifestyle and rejection of material things. He has learned to live in the moment and to be thankful for everything he has.” (At the Crossroads, 1). Before going on his cross-country expedition he felt that he had a dull life and didn’t appreciate the belongings he had, but at the end of the trip he now knows to live life in the moment and to be thankful.
Within the passage “Profile: Malala Yousafzai,” Malala experiences a tragic event that changes her life, while standing up for what she believes in. Malala and her family believed that women should receive an education, and she was shot because of this. She was shot in the head while standing up to the Taliban’s brutality, and this shows how she feels about the world. After this appalling event this was the outcome, “She was released from the hospital in January 2013. Her life now is unbelievably different to anything she may have imagined when she was an unknown voice reporting the fears of the schoolgirls under the shadow of the Taliban.” (Profile: Malala Yousafzai, 1). Previous to the shooting, she was a girl writing about the distress under the rule of the Taliban, but after she has become a great campaigner for women’s rights.
In conclusion, change can create a powerful impact on life. The character of Scrooge, and the individuals Nick and Malala, each experience a sudden change that impacts their lives positively. All in all, sudden changes can improve a person’s way of life.