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Jennifer's Journal

Time changes all, whether in an instant or by the slow passage of years. Sometimes, however, we have to make change happen on our own.

Opportunities must be seized or they will be lost. I have heard this little gem of wisdom dozens of times, mostly because it's true, but also because the statement is meant to scare you into action.

A lot of anxiety can come out of change. It's kind of like the body's way of preparing for it. The adrenaline created helps us take risks.

I feel like I am about to embark on an adventure. Although, some people feel this way every time they step out their door. Others feel they are done having adventures, save the last.

"To die will be an awfully big adventure." - J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

It's really a matter of interpretation I suppose. What defines an adventure for you; whether it's meeting new people, having new experiences, or doing something different. If this is the case, I think a lot of people may have had an adventure this past weekend at the Gateway Festival in Bengough. I know I did.

But another adventure has been on my mind lately. I am starting a new chapter, so to speak. I will be leaving these pages to attempt a whole new genre of reporting - online.

I realize that some of my readers will not be able to follow me into the digital age and for this, I am sorry.

People may not be able to hold my future writing in their hands. Instead, they will have to hold it in their minds.

What is more tangible than something one can hold in their own two hands? This is a difficult notion. We store information in our minds and love in our hearts that we can never touch. Does that make them less real?

It's like an idea; simple at first, but with the right planning it can become a reality...or a good story.

A wise man once said "you can't steal second base with your foot still on first," This is the kind of sentiment that inspires change. The chance to get ahead, to try something new; this is what makes the ordeal of change worthwhile.

My readers may not read my words in this paper again, but they will hear from me in some form or another quite soon, I promise.