Theonly factor that remains unavoidable is change. Change is inevitablein all aspects of life. Changes can be seen occurring in a person’slife physically, socially emotionally and psychologically fromconception till death. The various changes that occur in the humanbody can be either caused by nature or nurture. Therefore, the humanlife changes can be interpreted in either in terms of the environmentthey occur or an individual’s culture. Most researchers havediscussed on the main contributors of change in people’s lives. Butthe big question is, are the researchers trying to explore thespecific causes of these changes? From which perspectives can westudy the changes? This reaction paper refers to the poem ‘GrowingUp’ and analyzes some of the changes that occur as individualsshift from childhood to adulthood.
Aschildren join schools starting from kindergarten, they form newfriends with whom they share most of their lives (Baltes &Schaie, 2013). As the kids grow up, they are likely to maintain thebond created only if their behaviors continue to rhyme. However, oncetheir preferences and behaviors differ, they will turn out to begreatest enemies because the one following the wrong pathway willalways hate those in the right pathway. After sometime, thosechildren who chose bad companies, they are likely to forego lollipopsthat they used to cling to while kids and opt to smoking cigarettes.Children who were once viewed in the society as innocent will turnout to be the famous sluts in bars and streets. They will no longerhave time to work on their assignment because their life is moreenjoyable when in the wrong lifestyle.
Asthey shift to adults, life gets worse. They advance from smoking todrinking alcohol, which is usually an effect of peer pressure. The“lost” adults can now comfortably engage in sex, which was oncefeared. The definition of common terms starts changing. Getting highno longer means swinging while playing but rather that feelingassociated to drinking as well as having the urge for sex. Protectionno longer stands for putting on a helmet but rather use of condoms.These adults are getting much into filthy activities othersaccidentally and others with full knowledge.
Thelife of the adults is still in a continuous change to the extentexpectations from boys and girls changes. Girls no longer hate thecooties from boys, their minds are more focused to sexual pleasureshence relating everything to sex. Parents are no longer seen as themost significant people. Adults feel that parents can no longerprovide the consolation and comfort they are supposed to be (Baltes &Schaie, 2013). Boyfriends and girlfriends have replaced them veryfast. The range of creating enemies widens from siblings to relativesto people who there is no relation to your family due to pettyadulthood issues.
Innocentchildren who all through their childhood identified themselves asbrothers and sisters despite their color, ethnic, race or languageare now sensitive towards matters concerning race differences amongstothers. They now believe a brother must be of the same race as yours.The only war they knew was playing cards, but now the reality is herewith them. They can witness war between people resulting to injuriesand even death. It is of great sadness that even the innocent adultshave learnt to take sides even others take part in the wars. The mostpainful moments they ever witnessed was having a sore knee. Littledid they know other most painful things existed such as losing aloved one and never to see him or her again. Waving goodbye to aperson without any assurance of meeting with the dead person. This isthe moment that most adults wish they had just remained toddlers notto experience the pain, but to remember change is inevitable (Baltes& Schaie, 2013).
Conclusively,change must occur in human beings to allow them shift from one stageto another. In my opinion, it is the choice of people to follow theright pathway or the wrong path. Teachers and parents should workcollaboratively to ensure young children do not lose their track.Additionally, they should be open to them by telling them the effectsof engaging in any destructive behavior so that they can bepsychologically prepared as they go through all the stages of lifefrom conception to death.
Baltes,P. B., & Schaie, K. W. (Eds.). (2013). Life-spandevelopmental psychology: Personality and socialization.Elsevier.