OPINION: Hope for the future starts with you

Often when I sit down to write something for you excellent newspaper readers, my mind goes in the same direction.

I find myself wanting to write something encouraging, maybe even inspirational, to lift your spirits.

I believe it is because like many people, I often need encouragement. I need someone to tell me that everything will be OK and that I don’t have to face the world alone.

What are words, anyway, if they don’t serve to inspire?

I was reading an excerpt from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky when this struck me.

It read, “I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we will never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.”

There it is.

You may have been born into a broken family.

You may be broke or even broken down.

You may have no direction, no known talent or skill.

You may not have a relationship that you can say you hold dear.

You may not have a car or a house.

You may have no hope or anything causing you to press forward.

You may be walking around feeling like an empty shell.

Nothing anyone can say can fix those things – only faith that there is a future and faith that your life is worth fighting for. Choose where you go from here. Make a choice to spend your time here at school doing something that you love.

Don’t waste your time wishing things were better for you. Like Chbosky said, “We can’t control where we come from.” But by God, we can control where we go from here.

1 Comment

  1. Too many times, we choose to take the easy way and blame the things that are wrong in our lives instead of being pro-active and finding ways to work through or around those things. Great column, Bailie!

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