The date is April 1st.

The day I hear back from my dream school. After months and months of crying and stressing over first semester and the possible chaos known as my first semester grades, the decision will come in only two short months. 

The date chosen is quite cruel really. “Hi, you’ve been accepted into Vanderbilt University! Congratulations!” Five minutes later, “Just kidding, April Fool’s, your whole life is a sham.” After a few post-finals tears, and a few days of wallowing, I came across something that inspired me to stop dwelling in the negativity of life and look for the good things that may come from it instead. 

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A quote directly from Pinterest, I found it so inspirational that I made a sign right on the spot, sharpie-ed right onto a canvas to hang in my room. 

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The Evolution of Complexity

Things are not just born complicated. Various factors play a role in how complexity grows, how it develops, and how it ultimately affects the people who must deal with the complex complexities. A basic example that everyone has experienced is life in its general self. 

Most children, at a young age, are innocent, carefree, with no true complexity in their feelings. Their emotions are easily readable, and their actions predictable. They live a stress-free life, one where everyone is friends with everyone and school was where you put together puzzles as a class and got to eat lunch with people other than your family. Unfortunately, this simple state of mind evaporates when we evolve into grade school and middle school. Everyone isn’t friends with everyone, three essays are due the next day, two tests must be passed to maintain a grade, relationships that involve something past the boundary of friendships begin, and the complex complexities begin. 

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Even more unfortunately for us, things–though they may not necessarily get worse–get far more complicated during the later years. 8 PM bedtimes  wave their last goodbye as the hour hand ticks past the nine, the ten, the eleven, the twelve. Three essays are a piece of cake considering they are replaced with seven essays. Friendships that were so confusing and hard to maintain in middle school only get stickier here, where in a blink of an eye, a friend can become an enemy. 

Despite it all, complexity is not a bad thing. Yes, it makes things more stressful and makes kids shed a few more tears than they may want to, but these complex complexities also provide leeway for children to grow into adults, to take responsibility for themselves, and eventually their families. Complexity is a phenomenon of life, causing so much pain yet so much growth and wisdom and potential happiness.