It’s Per­sonal

What You Want to Be­come Must be stronger Than What You Must Over­come Brooke A. Baker

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Content - Brooke A. Baker

Ev­ery­one has dreams. Ev­ery­one has as­pi­ra­tions. Ev­ery­one has goals, whether big or small, they are still there. Ev­ery­one has a per­son that they as­pire to be some­day, whether it’s an adult or just an older, more suc­cess­ful ver­sion of them­selves. Yet, only few cut through the golden fin­ish line of a re­ward­ing fu­ture, which brings the ques­tions:

What hap­pens to the oth­ers? Why did they never fin­ish the race?

High school is the time where many fall and lose sight of their fu­ture. They grow tired and their legs lose speed as they deal with peer pres­sure, gang vi­o­lence, drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion, and over­all prob­lems in their home lives. They may be­come con­fused in the mean­ing be­hind a true friend and the stress of nav­i­gat­ing re­la­tion­ships can prove to be frus­trat­ing men­tally and phys­i­cally. Be­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment where one may con­stantly feel os­tra­cized or lonely in a crowded room can blind a per­son to why they are there. Though suc­cess usu­ally ac­com­pa­nies unique­ness, fit­ting in is a top pri­or­ity among high school stu­dents. The con­stant on­slaught of drama found in the day to day of the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem may cause peo­ple to lose their val­ues, lower their stan­dards and de­velop new per­son­al­i­ties. We must re­al­ize that any changes made in the pre­sent have the author­ity to change the out­comes wait­ing in the fu­ture.

As days turn into months, and then years, a per­son’s orig­i­nal goals be­come askew and a hazy eupho­ria where they feel that if they duck their head low enough and the mu­sic blast­ing in their ears is loud enough to drown out the nag­ging thoughts of re­gret, then they can sur­vive. But why would you want to sur­vive when you can thrive? We learn lessons from our mis­takes. Re­gard­less of how hard the lessons were, or how many tears we have cried, it only makes us stronger.

Through all that hard ce­ment weigh­ing your body down and at­tempt­ing to break your char­ac­ter, a flower will grow from be­tween the ce­ment’s cracks. That is where it counts. To be able to per­se­vere through the mishaps, the drama, the mis­un­der­stand­ings, and all emo­tional bar­ri­ers is when you grow and be­come your own role model. Ex­cept, it’s bet­ter than what you ex­pected be­cause you went through so much more than you ever thought pos­si­ble. Be­come that flower that grows from ce­ment. Reach the fin­ish line. Be true to your­self. DT

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