"I go to see a great perhaps"
When I originally sat down to write this blog post my plan was to write about "the importance of joining clubs in high school," and I even went so far as to go and have a mock interview with our wonderful SADD councilor, Mrs. Murray. I was almost halfway done with my open letter formatted essay when I picked up a copy of a book I'd wanted to read for a while. The title isn't important, and frankly nor is the plot, but what is is what I read and how it impacts me now, and how it will in the future. Though I made a promise to write an article about clubs, I think this lesson is a bit more meaningful and important in a blog that is only read by a certain type of student.
The quote above is by Francois Rabelais, his last words; supposedly. In his context the quote refers to the unanswerable question of what happens after death, if anything. Every religion had their own answer to this question and by extent assume the other groups beliefs to be wrong. I’m not here to argue about religion, but instead spin the quote to be more relatable to high school and what happens when it’s over. Most students will tell you when asked, “What are your plans after high school?” that they’d like to go off to college, get a degree in (insert profession here), start a family, and live out the rest of their life happily ever after. The fact remains of course that that’s not only only most students, but also that you don’t always get what you want. The world is a harsh place and you will always have to compete in life against people, ideas, and oppression for what you want. People make plans for after high school but don’t always have the opportunity or will power to see them through. I have a teacher who I don’t always see eye to eye with, but they taught me that you will always have to work towards your goals, and only then does the seemingly improbable become possible.
So set goals in life, and work for them. High school is just the beginning of your journey into the “great perhaps” of life. Join a club (Ah ha! I did work my original point into here!), get a hobby, play a sport, learn an instrument. Mrs. Murray, when asked about her thoughts on student involvement, said that she saw a direct correlation between success and a student's involvement. Make a goal, and achieve it. Lay the stones now for your path to success in life. You are worth no less than anyone else, even in a time when people are scared of what their government might do to impose on the freedoms that make all that we are and can be possible. Life is a great adventure that we all must take, why not make every second of your finite time on this Earth worth it?
As we all march towards adulthood, remember that anything is possible if you work for it; and that work starts now, when you can take your life in any way you’d like. Be inspired. Make the world a better place not just for yourself, but for all those who live in it.
Post by: M. Mariani