While I laid in my bed at night, I looked around my room; it was an extremely dark night where you couldn’t see anything. A slight feeling of fright rushed through my mind, but I immediately cut it out as I thought about how darkness is just the absence of light. Meaning that everything stays exactly the same, except that we just can’t see it. So I thought, why do we fear darkness so much? Could it be that the fact that we don’t know what stands beyond it terrifies us? It is unknown.
Us human beings are terrified to face the unknown, we like to be in control of everything that happens around us. We like to take the safe way out even if it’s not the best one.
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For example, I am the type of person who likes to have everything planned, this is because I don’t like to live with the uncertainty of what may happen next. One of the greatest decisions of my life has been to join the IA. When people were starting to apply, I feared to send my application. I feared that I wouldn’t get in, but I feared even worse that I would. I mean, what would happen next? The IA is a new program with only two generations ahead of mine, I had no idea what would happen when I sent out my application, and that feeling terrified me. Of course it would have been much easier and safe to stay in the MYP, which is a program we’re familiarized with, joining the IA instead was a leap of faith, it was unknown.
After all, we have absolutely no control of what will happen next, life is full of ups and downs, chances and opportunities, and as hard as we try, it is impossible to predict.