The Unfortunate Reality of Adjusting to Darkness



Eyes have a cool effect of adjusting when saturated in darkness. Eventually, with a sliver of light, the outline of objects come into focus and one imagines how they look in the light. In the same way, as humans, we have learned to adjust to the change. Actually, we seem to flow into it, and unfortunately teenagers do it best.

I have always been rather mature for my age. I don’t get caught up in drama these days, I would rather stay in on the weekends, and honestly, I don’t care what people think about me. But I have watched the adjustment with my own eyes.

I started high school this year, which seems to be the milestone for people to go absolutely crazy. Now disclaimer, I am in no way perfect, I have flaws, and I am still a teenage girl, but I like to think of myself as a little different - In the best way possible. High School seems to be where everyone is trying to find out who they are, who their friends are, and what they want to do for the rest of their life. In TV shows and in real life, it is portrayed that it’s hard to not get sucked into the typical teenage lifestyle of partying and creating drama and not caring about any moral or ethical values. And in a sense, I guess, that may be true, but for me, I have realized that it is easy to not be like that when you don’t adjust to it.

The metaphor at the beginning may seem oddly out of place, so here is what I meant by it. It was a plea out to God that I wrote one night. I was asking for Him to give me strength to never allow myself to be okay with darkness. I wanted new eyes that would give me a fresh perspective on life. I never wanted, well I never want, to live in darkness. Apply it however you want to your life, but in this moment, my biggest fear is teenagers just flowing in with the crowd and not doing anything meaningful with their lives.

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