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Fear of Moving to Another Town or State
By Timmy Sutton
No matter how adults spin it for you, moving isn’t easy. You can call it “a new start” or a “better opportunity,” but moving is the most jostling, treacherous, and terrifying trial an adolescent can experience. The possibilities represented by a fresh start are overshadowed by the changes that accompany them.
I recently moved from South Texas to Arizona right before my junior year of high school. I was established in Texas. I was comfortable. Arizona was new, and despite what I knew the move could offer us educationally, economically, and spiritually, I was still scared and angry. I was afraid of loneliness, I was angry at God, and I was terrified of losing the relationships I’d built. Most of all, I was afraid of rejection.
Even a year after our move, most of my fears haven’t gone away. But I’ve learned to look towards the solid things in my life, like my faith and my family, as opposed to the turbulent ones, like my location and circumstances. And I’m much more stable because of it. ◊