What You Want to Become Must be stronger Than What You Must Overcome 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