I used to be absolutely positive that I was going to be a dentist.
It is a weird plan for a little girl – I know – but I was never really a normal child anyway. I thought it was “fun” to do a science project handling actual human teeth.
Anyone who knows me now may be surprised to read this. Taylor, into science? No way. I currently work as a princess at Disneyland. Shouldn’t that have been my dream when I was a little girl? Not … teeth?
What happened? Why did I change?
Why did I trade the dental crown for the princess crown?
Well, I don’t know.
I don’t know why we change. I don’t know why little girls who want to be dentists end up being princesses and little girls who want to be princesses end up as dentists.
Our younger years are some of the most transitory times of our lives. Every year there are different friends, classes, teachers, schools, or eventually boyfriends, roommates, jobs, cities. Constant change can mean constant worry and a steady stream of unknowns.
Change can be one of the hardest things to handle in our lives because we often have no control over it. Sometimes, change just comes upon us and we do not know when or why or how. Sometimes a best friend ends up hurting us. Sometimes we don’t make the volleyball team. Sometimes we get sick. Sometimes a family member moves away. Sometimes we have to move schools. Sometimes we decide we don’t want to be a dentist anymore. These all are changes in our lives or our plan for our lives that perhaps we didn’t want or ask for.
So, back to princesses and dentists.
Why did I change? Honestly? I don’t think it matters.
The beauty is that we DO change. That we CAN change.
C. Joy Bell C. said “We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
Change can be scary, but change can be wonderful. It is an opportunity for growth and learning that we wouldn’t have without it.
The eternal nature of change is embodied in the Atonement. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we are able to change and become a better person no matter what we have done in the past. He gave up his crown as the King of all Kings for a crown of thorns. With the help of the Savior, change can become a beautiful and sacred thing.
The Lord will often encourage us to change, which can seem hard at the time. Sometimes we don’t understand why the Lord wants our lives to change. For example, think of Nephi and Lehi and their family. Do you think they wanted to leave Jerusalem? They had to leave behind all their friends and belongings and live in the actual wilderness for a very long time. But imagine how our lives would be if they hadn’t changed their lives completely. Because of what they did, we now have the amazing truths found in the Book of Mormon and the world is a better place for it.
Joy also said, “The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
So I challenge you – don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid of becoming a princess or a dentist or whatever life throws at you. Step out into the open and take the changes that come. For when you do, you will see that the changes you face will change you for the better.