Good Things Must End for Greater Things to Begin

We should strive to be more like One Direction, who knew sometimes change is for the better.

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by Katie Massman, Dart Sports editor

If you are like me — and dare I say most 10 year old girls—then you may have gone through a One Direction phase anywhere between 2010-2020. If you did not, then first of all I am sorry and second of all I’ll give you the rundown. It was composed of five boys, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik, who were brought together by the X-factor in 2010 but sadly broke up in 2015. Since then, all five have produced their own music and have been fully embraced by the public as individual artists.

The peak of my 1D devotion was around 2014 and even though I fell out of it for awhile, I recently reverted back to my fourth grade self this summer before their 10 year anniversary. If anything, I love them even more than I did when I was 10, probably because social media is much more accessible to me now. One glance at my Tik Tok ‘for you page’ and it is very evident I am one of their biggest fans.

However, as I mentioned earlier, they are not currently together as a band. As a lifelong fan, this is upsetting, and I know I’m not the only one who has wished, on multiple occasions, they would reunite and take the music world by storm again. 

So it may come as a surprise when I say I ultimately think they are better off going their separate ways, and getting back together may be a mistake.

Obviously, I would be extremely excited if they DID reunite, and pay any amount of money to attend a concert, but that’s just my strange personal attachment to them talking. 

They split at the peak of their career, at the end of a stadium tour and after releasing a chart-topping fifth album. So why did they decide to go on a break? Harry Styles said in an interview he didn’t want to exhaust the fan base, and that “if you’re shortsighted, you can think ‘lets keep touring’ but we all thought too much of the band to let that happen.”

Styles makes a great point which I think can be translated to various parts of our lives—that just because something is good doesn’t mean it needs to last forever. Sometimes things, people, experiences, etc. are brought into our life for the sole reason of helping us through a certain time period, and then we must let them go. 

Oftentimes people, especially now, look back to a time period in their life that they see as different or fun and grow bitter because their life now just isn’t the same. But what does being bitter accomplish? Shouldn’t we celebrate the good memories we have simply because we have them instead of putting all our energy into being sad they are over? 

I think a lot of us at STA look back to the way things used to be before everything “went downhill” (as one of my classmates put it) and get sad remembering all we have  missed out on this year. But amid all of this craziness, there’s been some hidden treasures along the way. Every single person I know grew as a person in some way this summer, and we are not the same people we were in February. 

Just like the members of One Direction grew more as individuals when they started their solo careers, we are learning more about ourselves and growing stronger every day as we navigate everything thrown at us.

Now they are different artists with individual styles, yet they are no less the same amazing people. They have grown for the better, and it would be quite strange if they kept trying to be the same people they were 10 years ago.

Life changes every day, and we shouldn’t constantly be trying to stay the same and do things as we used to in an attempt to recreate experiences. Move forward, grow and simply be grateful for all the experiences and people that come your way. Because in the long run, you don’t want to waste your life wishing you were in the past, because before long your whole future has been ruined.