Surviving for dummies: a student’s guide to life

Kyle Herron

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A sprout grows in the face of resistance. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

By Kyle Herron


For years, intellectuals like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau have influenced not only modern rhetoric, but the way in which we live our lives. After recently finishing Emerson’s “Self-Reliance,” I found it fitting that my concluding piece for this high school publication to be one that provides insight for those seeking advice on how on earth our messed up world works and how we should approach getting through it.

The key to life is to never look back. By looking back on the past and reminiscing on things you can not change, you kill the fiery ambition that we all possess in our hearts. As school systems and corrupt members of higher authority extinguish the youthful hope that we all had when we were just growing up in the world, we must strive to retain what little ambition we have left. Teachers can call our generation apathetic, but they work for the very system that cuts oxygen from our fires.

Looking back distracts us from the world around us, the world we can change. We can reminisce on the achievements we have made, the obstacles we have conquered, how far we have come, but never should we look back on what could have been. Focus on what you can do to fix the world and shape it into what you want and trust in yourself, in the heart that has guided you to where you are at this moment and where it will take you in the future.

Having been through many trials of will and witnessing the destructive power of human vices, I know first-hand the importance of moving forward, because in the end that is all we can do. There is no method of time travel to stop us from accepting a job that would soon drive us to misery. Instead, take the misery of your job and use it as a reason for changes to be put in place. Get upset with society. Unleash the full magnitude of your will and try and make things better for not only you, but others in your situation.

Through this aggressive call for change, you can make a difference, which is what we all want to do, right? We all want to make a difference in this world and change someone’s life for the better. By channeling my hatred for sexual assault into a piece for the newspaper, I gave an important issue a powerful voice,one that will resonate through our school like the crack of a bell.

Never reminisce on what could have been. Look back only to see how far you have come and then go even further into life. Keep what little ambition you have left over from the grueling war with society and create more from it and invoke change in the world around you.

Let your voice be heard.

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Surviving for dummies: a student’s guide to life